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Man Dem Knocks Off Legacy in Choices Semifinals

Aug. 13, 2007 — Perennial powerhouse Man Dem is sitting and waiting to see who will join them in the Choices Basketball Association finals.
Man Dem knocked off Legacy, 90-78 on Saturday to take their best 2 out of 3 playoff series, 2-0. The other semifinal series pits Guidance against the defending champions Hoyas. That series is even at one game apiece with the bullet game scheduled for Monday night at the St. Croix Central High gym.
In Saturday’s contest between Man Dem and Legacy, the young Legacy squad already trailing in the series, 1-0 gave a spirited performance for three quarters and looked set to even the series at one game all. However, whether it was the defensive intensity of Man Dem or the officiating, the wheels came off for Legacy midway through the third as some players lost their composure.
They led by seven points at the break at 44-37, but the veteran Man Dem squad turned up the defensive pressure in the third quarter, limiting Legacy to just 16 points while scoring 28 themselves. Man Dem led by nine points from Zomari Ferrance and eight fro Wilson Ferrance in the third period came all the way back to lead by five at 65-60 at the end of three quarters.
Legacy would not lead the game again but was very much still in it until an incident at the five minute mark swung the game heavily in favor of Man Dem. A foul was called on Legacy center Carlos Solavo which he thought was unjustified, letting the referee know about it in a not-too-pleasant way.
He was promptly awarded a technical foul — his fifth personal — by the referee. This got his coach, Donald Bough, into the melee and he too was soon given a foul.
It turned out to be a four-point swing that Legacy never recovered from. What was a five point lead at the start of the melee was now eight points at 79-71 with 4:06 left in the game.
Without Solavo's presence in the middle, Man Dem took full advantage, attacking the basket at will. They did not get much resistance after that, on their way to outscoring legacy 25-18 in the final period for a 90-78 victory.
Man Dem was led offensively by Glenroy Coggins with 25 points; Khalid Gerard netted 22 and Zomari Swanston chipped in with 15. For Legacy, Stephen O’Reily scorched the nets for a game-high 33 points. Teammates Conroy Hosier and Solavo contributed 12 and 11 points respectively.
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