Desert Knights and NPA Pythons Starts With Wins

Desert Knights and NPA Pythons get opening wins. The 2020/2021 LBA Knock-Out Tournament is underway. Two teams are already in the next round and two has called it quits for the year. Both D1 teams won with blowouts.

The Knock-Out is a test for mostly the D2 teams. It is defining in that the lower division teams will not only be rubbing shoulders with the big boys in the top tier Liberian league, but it is a way of measuring if their team is up to task to compete once they gain qualification finally.

In the first match-up of the day, Desert Knights did not mince their game. Although Kardinals put up a spiriting fight in the first quarter, by been down a point, the Desert Boys was not taking chances. From the second quearter they took a commanding lead to the fourth quarter.

It was an easy win for Desert Knight, who won by 20pts, 68-48.

Cape Mount Wizards was the second D2 team to compete in order to see which D2 team can cause an upset. They faced NPA Pythons who many thought was on their way to winning a back to back championship before a devastating best of three game series to current Champs Mighty Barrolle in the semi finals.

NPA Pythons, needing this tournament to let all know they still competitive, played their normal brand of basketball. The coaching staff also had players coming in on a 5 for 5 changes after every five minutes in a quarter.

L. Jurry lead all Pythons players with 17pts. E. Paye followed with 16pts. Two other players scored in double figures as well. J. Martor and L. Collingwood scored 12pts apiece. A. Gibson of Cape Mount Wizards lead his team with 15pts.

NPA Pythons won 104-49

Desert Knights will meet NPA Pythons in the next round on June 19th, 2021 at the SKD Gym in Paynesville.

Continue visiting Liberiabasketball.com for the latest scores and fixtures for the Knock-Out!

 

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