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Easy for Ellerslie

Antoine Morris (right, at half- court) watches as Ellerslie team-mate Roderick Massiah tries to strip Deighton Griffith of ball possesion.

Deighton Griffith Secondary had an offensive melt-down yesterday evening as action continued in the United Insurance-sponsored National Sports Council’s Secondary Schools Senior Basketball Competition.

Playing at hosts Ellerslie, the Christ Church school’s offensive machinery never got working as they were humbled 69-14 by a side for which Antoine Morris and Raphael Brathwaithe were again outstanding on both the offensive and defensive ends of the court.

Ellerslie controlled proceedings from the opening tip, while Deighton Griffith not only had difficulty getting good looks at the basket, but also had problems getting the ball out of back-court. Turn-overs will always hurt any team and they conceded several fast-break points to the Black Rock, St Michael school.

At half-time the score-line was an incredible 42-2, with Deighton Griffith looking a frustrated bunch as the Ellerslie players gave their few supporters present a lot for which to cheer.

The visitors did show some greater enterprise in the second-half but had too deep a hole from which to climb. They upped their offensive output to score 12 points while, not surprisingly, Ellerslie gave opportunities to some of their bench players and only managed 27 second-half points.

Both Morris and Brathwaithe finished with 16 points, while Roderick Massiah chipped in with 10. Not surprisingly, no Deighton Griffith player got into double figures.

In a second game played at Speightstown, a battle of two northern schools resulted in a comfortable 56-37 victory for Alexandra over St. James Secondary.

Delan Willie was outstanding for the Trents, St James school and it was basically his efforts that kept his team in the game in the first-half. They went into the break with the score reading 26-17 and with St James still very much in the contest.

However, Alexandra, on the back of the play of Rasheed Maynard and Jadeva Marshall, maintained their intensity, especially on the defensive end, with a number of timely steals, and were able to limit St James to 20 second-half points to come away with the victory. Maynard had 19 points, Marshall, 16, while Willie had a game-high 22 in a losing cause. No other player got into double figures for St James Secondary.

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