Forestville have soared over the Mount Gambier Pioneers by 90-107 in spectacular fashion.
A monstrous 22-0 run during the 3rd and 4th periods swung the momentum of the contest heavily in Forestvilles’ favour. After trailing by 9 during the third, Forestville kept Mount Gambier scoreless for over four minutes and the results appeared on the scoreboard.
Forestville's scoring streak flowed into the final term as they held Mount Gambier to under 100-points overall. Mount Gambier's struggles to find the bottom of the net continued for much of the final term until they found a little rhythm. Although it was far too late.
Forestville exploited Mount Gambier inside the paint throughout outscoring them 36-56. The inability to answer back the challenge Forestville put towards through a variety of scorers kept their chances of winning very slim.
Michael Harris led all scorers with 30-points off just under 50 percent from the floor. Harris added some more highlights to what is already heavy reel for 2019 with some fantastic plays. His extraordinary efforts on the floor earned him the Finals MVP honour for 2019 much to the delight of the fans and his team.
After a strong opening half and quieter yet still effective second, Greg Mays showed why he is one of the best imports we've seen in recent years. Mays recorded a double-double of 27-points and 13-rebounds while exciting the crowd in the process. Mays' efforts on both ends of the floor were critical throughout and definitely did not go unnoticed.
In what was already set to be a tough evening for the Pioneers, they struggled to keep the fouls to a minimum. Forestville also managed to exploit the high foul count and eventually totalled 29-points from the charity stripe throughout.
A strong 2nd quarter by the men from the Mount gave them some breathing room as we headed to the final moments of our 2019 season. Mount Gambier outscored Forestville 33-24 which looked to set a competitive tone for the second half.
Aside from the scoreboard highlighting Forestvilles’ eventual dominance, there were glimpses of goodness by the Pioneers and many of them appeared through Kentrell Barkley.
Barkley continued and finished his stellar season for the Pioneers and took on a heavy scoring load in the process. Barkley dropped 26-points off an astounding 60 percent from the floor. Although two of his twenty-six won’t soon be forgotten after he completed a beautiful fast break play with an electrifying one-handed jam! Complementing his heavy twenty-six, he ripped down 22-boards in a full game of action.
Despite the scoreline saying otherwise, the Pioneers took it the Eagles for some of the contest and in turn outdid the new champions in some areas on the floor. From deep, the Pioneers shot the ball better than Forestville (29-23 percent) but it just wasn’t enough to snap the surging Eagles.