Street-ball juggernauts Sparta Boss, Gold is Money, Future Stars and Leopold Street all chalked up wins on Saturday night in the inaugural Rio Indoor Street-ball championship at the National Gymnasium, Mandela Avenue.
In front of a good crowd, Sparta Boss made light work of Kingston, beating them by a 5-0 scoreline.
The talismanic Gregory Richardson scored a first half hat-trick in the second, sixth and ninth minutes while the other two goals came from Dennis Edwards and Deon Alfred in the 13th and 15th minute 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 minute led the rout, while Keifer Brandt and Jamal Pedro adding to the score in the eighth and 13th minute apiece.
Meanwhile, Leopold Street defeated Broad Street 3-1. Mark Jhalu scored twice in the ninth and 18th minute while forward Okeeny Fraser scored once in the 16th minute. Akeem Sam netted for Broad Street 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 minute, alongside a Jamal Cozier second minute conversion secured the win. Seon Taylor netted a brace in the fourth and sixth minute for the loser.
In other results, Showstoppers crushed Albouystown 6-2. Doubles from Dexroy Adams in the 13th and 15th minute, Luiroy Nienelder in the seventh and 17th minute and Delon Lanferman in the sixth and 19th minute secured the result.
On target in the loss for Albouystown were Shaka Jones and Devin Dooker in the fifth and eighth minute 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 for Sophia while J. Jones netted for Island All-Stars in the seventh minute.
Alexander Village edged Melanie 1-0 with Shem Porter scoring in the 15th minute. Action in the tournament continues on November 21 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.
Sophia-3 vs Island All-Stars-1
Alexander Village-1 vs Melanie-0
Sparta Boss-5 vs Kingston-0
Showstoppers-6 vs Albouystown-A-2
Future Stars-5 vs Stabroek Ballers-2
Leopold Street-3 vs Broad Street-1
Gold is Money-5 vs Gaza Squad-0