Panthers pounce on Gladiators, Tigers and Crusaders fight to a draw

The Algarve league is building to a climax, with round seventeen taking place on Saturday in cold conditions.

The Amendoeira Nuts were home to the high-flying Albufeira Cats and earned a creditable victory 54-48, although the points were shared four each.

Over at Alvor, the Harlequins were host to the Greens and a predictably close match followed, with the Greens just coming out on top by 56-52 and earning a further five points towards their title chase. Harlequins took the three other points available.

Pedras Panthers had an excellent win over the Alvor Gladiators, who have proved to be a very strong side this season. Panthers swept the board eight points to nil, winning by 74-41.

Tavira Tigers had a close match against the visiting PDF Crusaders, the result ending in a tie 51-51, though the Tigers took five points to three.

The two Valverde teams clashed and the Vikings emerged victorious by 66-52 and took all the eight points. The final game saw PDF Sinners at home to the Alvor Amigos and Sinners ran out the winners by 54-35 and they earned the full eight points.

Greens strengthen their grip on the league table, having 111 points, ahead of the Cats on 93. Greens have amassed 1068 shots and have an impressive positive shot difference of 406, having only lost one match all season.

The only other team over the thousand point barrier are the Crusaders, who rise to third on 81, just ahead of the Harlequins and Gladiators, both on 79 points. Tigers now are sixth with 74, whilst the Panthers are on 67 points. Vikings have 64 points, Amigos have 56 and Sinners are tenth on 49 in total. Nuts now have 41 points and the Vulcans remain on 20.

Cameron Cup Semi Finals

The semi-finals were played out last weekend. After two tense matches over two legs, Pedras will play Amendoeira in the Final at Tavira on Sunday, March 14.

Pedras won their first leg at home 37-32 over Albufeira and drew 35-35 at Albufeira, giving them a five shot overall victory.

Amendoeira meanwhile, lost narrowly (32-29) to the Amigos in their first encounter at Alvor. Another close tussle saw Amendoeira win the second leg 36-28 to book their place in the final.

Alan Clarke, League Director