D.C Jammers to strong for Guyana National Team

Washington D.C Jammers edged the Guyana national team on Saturday night at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall in the International All Star Weekend basketball contest. Guyana almost won but blew it in the final seconds when three attempted jumpers from beyond the arc failed to find the bottom of the net. As a result, D.C Jammers won 65-62. For D.C Jammers, Glenn Stokes (170-PG-76, college: American) had 20 points, Joseph Flegler (183-G-85, college: Savannah St.) 12, and Gordon Klaiber (206-F-83, college: Fair Dickinson) and Steffon Farley (203-F, college: Adelphi) added eight points apiece. For Guyana, forward Ryan Gullen (C) top scored with 14 points; point guard, Travis Burnett (183-88) scored 13, shooting guard, Stephan Gillis 12 and Akeem Kanhai (183-G-91) 10 points.
The first period ended 12-7 with Guyana comfortably in command and D.C Jammers struggling offensively. However, the Jammers went on a 13-3 run with Flegler and Klaiber working together in transition to give them a 20-15 lead midway through the period. But Guyana, fought back into the game with Kanhai and Gullen finishing unanswered plays to regain the lead.
The first half 28-24 with Guyana ahead; both teams traded points in the third period with Keron McKenzie (193-G-86, college: Armstr.Atlantic) dishing a pass to Klaiber for more highlights. Guyana managed to hold on to a 44-44 deadlock at the end of the penultimate quarter. Guyana went up early in the last period, but a double-technical call against them returned some momentum to the D.C Jammers, who took advantage. Stokes landed two big three-pointers that set Jammers off on a run. With 1:23 left to play in regulation time, Guyana was then gifted with three possessions that Gillis and Kanhai both squandered. Earlier in the night, the National Community Basketball League (NCBL) All-Stars blew away the Brooklyn/Queens Bulldogs 92-47. Fabian Johnson scored 17 points for the NCBL All-Stars while Jason Squires added 14 points. Dominique Douglas, Nikkoloi Smith and Rodwell Fortune supported with 10 points each for the NCBL All-Stars.
Marlon Thornton scored 19 points for the Brooklyn/Queens Bulldogs with Ashford Johnson adding nine points. The NCBL International Series continues tonight with the Bulldogs coming up against the Jammers in the feature game.

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