Gayle-force Garnet bows out in style

Garnet Gayle looks to hit the basket for the Sinners as Saints player John Trezvant tries to block
Garnet Gayle looks to hit the basket for the Sinners as Saints player John Trezvant tries to block
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Sheffield basketball legend Garnet Gayle retired from the game in fitting style, with victory in a surprise testimonial organised in his honour.

Gayle, in a ‘Sinners’ team, helped overcome the Saints 98-83 in an entertaining game, with little defence on show!

Three points rained in from all angles, and one spectacular dunk from Mike Bernard sent the big crowd at All Saints wild.

The Sinners took control of the game early on, with Garnet at the heart of the play at both ends of the floor, and Saints were kept in the game with great individual play from Steven Gayle.

Half time came with a three-point shoot out, won by Jason Swaine, followed by attempts from the half way line, with young Marcus Welsh the winner.

Sinners continued to control the game until some of their older legs began to tire, and Saints closed the gap to three points in the fourth quarter.

But the Sinners had the final say, and edged the game 98-83.

“It was a very fitting send off for Garnet who has been such a dominant figure in British basketball for so many years,” a Saints spokesperson said.

“He is a player very well respected by all who have played with and against him over the years; he will be missed as a player, but will continue as a coach within the Junior Saints club.”

l Sinners: Pete Olusoga, Todd Cauthorn, Ross Cooney, Javan Hayles, Peter Scantlebury, Mike Payne, Kingsley Ellmer, Nigel Lloyd, Yorrick Williams, Garnet Gayle, David Waite, Mike Bernard. Coach: John Belk. Assistant coach: Mike Talbot. Team manager: Fred Matthews.

l Saints: Chris Law, Tyler Gayle, Luke Parker, Graham Smurthwaite, Jason Swaine, Steve Gayle, John Trezvant, Chris Hackett, Ben Coy, Richard Windle, Ploutos Vourliotis, Rick Marsh. Coach: Nigel Hanson. Assistant coach: Dave Harris.