NPA Pythons grabbed their first win over triple champs LPRC-Oilers in the semi final ‘best-out-of-three’ on Sunday night in the ongoing 2014 LBA league at the Sports Commission on Broad Street.
Pythons finished off a dominant run game to take the lead 89-74 points that wrapped up the four quarters. The defeat marked the second heartbreaking game for Oilers in two weeks, losing to Mighty Barrolle 88-84 points.
Pythons newly recruited side guard, Samuel Kpanie, was the day’s MVP, shooting 36 points.
Kpanie had seven’s three-point shots, equal to 21 points; 12 points for rebounds and shots in the ring and lastly acquired three points for free throws.
He was aided by captain Raphae Quaye, Joel Martor, Mohammed Zayzay and Clement Osung.
The two teams are expected to play their second game if there is a favorable weather on Friday, June 20. A win for the Pythons will automatically qualify the Ahmed Diallo’s boys for the finals against the winner between Barrolle and Timber Wolves.
But a defeat by Paul Hulson’s LPRC-Oilers will cause the two basketball giants to settle the score for the finals on a later day.
Game one between Mighty Barrolle and Timber Wolves was rained off last Saturday. The two sides are expected to also battle in a ‘best-out-of-three’ to meet the winner between Pythons and Oilers in the finals.
Meanwhile, at the kickoff of the 2nd division battle of the best-out-of-three over the weekend, Georgia Blazer whacked Uhuru Prince 59-39 points, while Timber Wolves (female) convincingly defeated Supreme Sisters, 72-26 points.
In the second day’s derby, Bushrod Bull bowed to Heats 62-46 points and K-Delta thumped Phoenix 50-26 points.