NCAA Division 1 outfit, Seattle University Basketball Team opened their three game friendly series account with a lopsided 89 to 30 win over local club, the HAB Sonic on Thursday night.
Kobe Williamson with a game-high 17 points and Riley Grigsby with 13 points, led the way for the holidaying team.
The US team was in a no-nonsense mood from the get-go, with near seamless dribbling, flawless passing and near perfect shooting. Their ability to create space when in possession of the ball and shutting down their opponents while defending was the hallmark of their game. And at the end of the first quarter, they let the contest 18 to 9.
Seattle picked up where they left off in the second quarter, launching numerous attacks on the Sonic’s basket, while expertly repelling most of the attacks against them.
The Sonic did little to help their cause and were often chided by the small and exclusive crowd, for individually holding on to the ball longer than they would have liked.
At the halftime break, Seattle University stretched their lead to 48, while Sonic labored to 18, matching their first quarter score of 8 baskets.
Sonic could only manage five baskets for the entire third quarter, ending that stanza on 23 points, while Seattle University romped to 74 points.
Seattle did not let up in the fourth quarter. They launched relentless attacks, while forcing the Sonics to make countless shooting mistakes and turnovers, making the contest a lopsided affair.
Jakey Been with 8 points and Jessie Maximum with 7 points were the top-scorers for the Sonic.
Seattle will be in action again on Saturday against another local club, before ending the three-game friendlies on Sunday against either the Sonic or the other team.
A short opening ceremony was held prior to the game, with Minister of Sports Hon. Rachel Taylor welcoming the Seattle team, while encouraging the local players to grasp the experience.
President of the Turks and Caicos Islands Basketball Federation, Sydwell Glasgow also welcomed the Seattle University Team, likewise Deputy Director of Sports, Alvin Parker.
The minister and the sports officials thanked Seattle University for not only choosing the Turks and Caicos Islands to make their holiday, but also playing their part to further develop the game of basketball in the Turks and Caicos Islands.