DC Jammers opens tour with 74 – 69 win over Ravens
A fourth quarter blitz propelled DC Jammers Basketball Club to a 74-69 come from behind win over Ravens when their four match Goodwill series commenced on Saturday at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall.
Trailing 61-50 with 8:26 remaining in front of a large gathering, Keron McKenzie started the comeback as he nailed consecutive three pointers alongside a layup from Lancelot Loncke to go on a 8-0 run, which cut the deficit to 61-58 at 6:17.
Ravens wrestled back control of the contest following 4-0 run with 5:40 remaining to lead 65-58. However the visitors took the lead for the first time in the period at 66-65 compliments of a 7-1 run, which was highlighted by two three pointers from Rodney Mickens with 3:20 on the clock.
It was at this point where the local side collapsed as Jammers grounded out the result compliments of a 8-4 burst by constantly attacking the rim and getting to the free-throw line.
Overall Semaj Inge top scored for the visitors with 21 points while McKenzie and Mickens scored 12 and 10 points respectively. For the loser, Jermin Slater and Nikoloi Smith top scored with 13 points each while Stephney netted 12 points.
Prior to the comeback, Jammers claimed the early lead as they outscored Ravens 18-16 at the end of the first period. Inge recorded eight points while Glenn Stokes netted three points.
On the other side, Jermin Slater battled to six points while guest player Travis Burnett and Dominic Vincente scored four points each. The period witnessed the visitors extending their advantage as they outshot Ravens 18-15 to lead 36-31 at the half time interval.
Senay once again top scored with six points while Mickens chipped in with five points. For Ravens, Burnett claimed four points while Ryan Gullen assisted with three points.
The momentum then changed sides in the pivotal third period as Ravens took the lead at 55-50 after out-hustling Jammers 24-14. Stephney led the way with eight points while Slater and Vincent scored six and four points apiece.
On the other side, McKenzie and Inge scored six and four points respectively. Meanwhile in the exhibition fixture, Georgetown Technical Institute blew away the Bishops High by a 92-47 scoreline.
Action in the event will continue today at the same venue when Jammers face-off with Pacesetters before facing off with Linden unit Retrieve Raiders on May 27th.
They will then end their tour against current Road to Mecca Champions Colts on May 28th. All clubs will be allowed to use three guest players in the matches against the American team. Admission to the matches are slated for $1000. DC Jammers are expected to depart local shores on May 29th.