Street ball ‘heavyweights’ shine bright as Rio Indoor Championship continues

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Sparta Boss' Gregory 'Jackie Chan' Richardson (with the ball) in full attacking mode during the Rio Indoor Championship at the National Gymnasium.

HEAVYWEIGHTS Sparta Boss, Gold is Money, Future Stars and Leopold Street claimed wins on Saturday in the inaugural Rio Indoor Street-ball championship at the National Gymnasium, Mandela Avenue.

Witnessed by a sizable gathering, Sparta Boss made light work of Kingston, winning by a 5-0 scoreline. Veteran forward Gregory Richardson scored a first-half hat-trick in the second, sixth and ninth minute. The other two goals came from Dennis Edwards and Deon Alfred in the 13th and 15th minutes respectively.
Also, Gold is Money romped to a 5-0 victory over Gaza Squad. A hat-trick from Michael Pedro in the fifth, 10th and 12th minutes led the rout, while Keifer Brandt and Jamal Pedro added to the score in the eighth and 13th minutes.

Meanwhile, Leopold Street defeated Broad Street 3-1. Mark Jhalu scored twice in the ninth and 18th minutes while versatile attacker, Okeeny Fraser, scored once in the 16th minute. Akeem Sam netted what proved to be a consolation goal in the opening minute of play.
Future Stars got their campaign off to the perfect start, downing Stabroek Ballers 5-2.

A Kevin Cummings helmet-trick in the ninth, 12th, 14th and 15th minutes, alongside a Jamal Cozier second-minute conversion secured the win. Seon Taylor netted a brace in the fourth and sixth minutes for the loser. In other results, Showstoppers crushed Albouystown 6-2.

Doubles from Dexroy Adams in the 13th and 15th minutes, Luiroy Nienelder in the seventh and 17th minutes and Delon Lanferman in the sixth and 19th minutes secured the result.
On target in the loss were Shaka Jones and Devin Dooker in the fifth and eighth minutes respectively.

Sophia got the better of Island All-Stars 3-1. The trio of Ryan Jeffrey, Joshua Kamal and Mervin Morris scored in the fourth, 12th and 18th minutes respectively.
J. Jones netted for Island All-Stars in the seventh minute. Alexander Village edged Melanie 1-0. Shem Porter scored in the 15th minute.

Action in the tournament continues on November 21st at the same venue with another round of group stage fixtures.

The other sponsors of the event include Eldorado Trading, Unicon Guyana, Truck Masters, Trophy Stall and Banks DIH Ltd under the Guinness brand. Below features the results from the matches staged.