first_imgBasketball BY PRISCILLA HARRY Newcomers Maiyawala beat Eight Mile Plateau 41-35 in the NCD Amateur Basketball Association men’s A grade competition in Port Moresby on Sunday. Eight Mile Plateau had a good lead in the first period with a 20-13 point lead with Samuel Remo leading the points with four, Misak Neara adding three two from Dickson Kay and one from Jason Rara. However, Maiyawala, came back strongly in the second quarter with a couple of points from Gabriel Matthew, Anderson Hewe, Andy Aise, Jeffery Kandi and Douglas White, and at times, pushing their opponents to the limit. In the final quarter, pressure continued to mount as both teams made attempts to add more points to their tally with more close-up shots. Eight Mile, with Neara at guard, he continued to work hard to disallow Maiyawala from making any more baskets count. But it did little to stop him from collecting points as Ismael Kekeo and David Otmar had to boost their side with few minutes remaining on the clock. Neara was in outstanding form pushing Eight Mile to register 22 points to their opponents 21. Despite an exceptional fight back in the second half, it was not enough to take them to victory falling short by six points and Maiyawala claimed 41-35 victory in the end. Association general manager Vonnie Kapi Natto said she was impressed with the turnout of the players and supporters since the start of the competition. She said running the competition was costly, especially when it comes to looking after technical officials including bench staff and the referees. “With the tournament up and running, a friendly reminder to all clubs to start paying up their player registration and club affiliation fees,” she said. The deadline of club affiliation of K500 and player registration fees for the various division is this month. Association general manager Vonnie Kapi Natto said she was impressed with the turnout of the players and supporters. She said running the competition was costly, especially when it comes to looking after technical officials including bench staff and the referees. “With the tournament up and running, a friendly reminder to all clubs to start paying up their player registration and club affiliation fees,” she said.last_img