Bashir Bella, the 6’7″ import from Guinea stood out last night and showed authority. There was flashes here and there of his ball handling skills and his power and presences around the rim. With MOnrovia Pistons vet bigman, Samson Slewion not in the lineup, the paint was a playing field for the imported bigs of Mighty Barrolle.
Bashir Bella had 15pts, 10asts, 7rbds. He shot 8-12 from the field and 1-5 from the free-throw line. His presence in the paint on defense was like the wall of Gibraltar! There were Monrovia Pistons players driving in the lane and bumping into him. He stood tall while they fall. Bashir didn’t fail the fans with one of his thundering dunks that had the board shaking for over a minute.
Omar Samba also seems to be understanding the style of Liberian basketball. The 6’10” ran the floor like a guard. Everytime there was a defensive rebound, he was already running the rim. Omar contributed 12pts, 2asts, 1stl, 1rbd. He also had a highlight for the night throwing down two two-handed jams. The most exciting was the lob pass from M. Vincent, setting Omar for the alley-oop!!!
Only two of the three imports were in action last night. Bashir and Omar sat out the whole of the third quarter. B. Kone (Ivory Coast) sat out the whole game. Although he was dress and took part in the pregame warmup, he didn’t touch the floor. Liberiabasketball.com later learnt that he has a mild case of malaria and only warmed up to sweat.
M. Vincent once again showed that he is Mr. Big Shots. The veteran guard scored 15pts, 3asts, shooting 4-6 from behind the arc. He currently is the only one shooting the ball well from that distance. R. Dorley, despite opening scoring with a three pointer, struggled once again. He managed 6pts, 2rbds, 2ast.
Five Mighty Barrolle players scored in double figures.
Mighty Barrolle out rebounded Monrovia Pistons 19-10. They also play unselfish by raking in 33 assists compares to Monrovia Pistons 13. Mighty Barrolle shot 35-73 (47.9%) from two points and 5-13 (38.5%) from the outside. Monrovia Pistons shot 19-47 (40.4%) and 1-6 (16.7%) from outside the arc.
Both teams had some sloppy passes. Monrovia Pistons lead with 19 turnovers compare to Mighty Barrolle 13.
Despite the lost, Nagbe Weah lead all scorers with 20pts, 5rbds, 3asts, 2stl, 1blk, 4TO. The young baller was a pin to the Mighty Barrolle defense. He drove the ball unrelentingly to the heart of Mighty Barrolle. He was 8-11 from the field.
Mighty Barrolle with the win is second place on the table behind only NPA Pythons. Both are unbeaten so far setting the stage for a first round cracker!!!
“We are winning the championship this year,” Jonathan Nagbe, captain of Mighty Barrolle has been heard saying.
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