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BCC too good for Cawmere

Jamario Clarke and Jimal Singh continue to light up the basketball court, but Combermere still continue to drop games.

The outstanding Jamario Clarke had 26 points for Combermere but they still lost.

The two combined for 43 of Combermere’s 67 points but the Waterford lads came out on the losing end, 83-67, when they tackled traditional powerhouse Barbados Community College at college’s Eyrie, St. Michael home court yesterday evening when action continued in the United Insurance-sponsored National Sports Council’s Senior Schools Basketball Tournament.

But if Combermere’s dynamic duo were good, BCC’s Kelan Phillips was great.

Phillips poured in a game-high 25 points, getting the better of defenders off the dribble and also showing a good touch on his jump shots. He had excellent support from Stephan Ottley who had 15 points, the consistent Orian Seale with 14 points and Lamar Grazette with 13.

The defeat was a bitter pill for Combermere especially coming off their recent loss to Samuel Jackman Prescod Polytechnic.

Harrison College were back in winners’ row when they had their way with an under-performing St. Michael School at their Crumpton Street, St. Michael home court. They mauled the visitors 66-15.

Nikolai Burton returned to form with a solid all-round showing on offence and defence. He had 10 points and made a number of stops.

Harrison College’s defence really stepped up, and together with some lacklustre ball-handling from the visitors, succeeded in limiting St. Michael’s to a miserable nine first-half points.

Runako Boyce led all scorers with 12 points, while Darian Chandler (11) and Chioke Holder added to St. Michael’s misery.

At Queen’s College, the home side lost a thriller by one point when they went down 43-42 to the Samuel Jackman Prescod Polytechnic.

The home side generally played catch-up the entire evening but never allowed the visitors to get too far ahead of them and at the half-time break the score was 24-18 in favour of SJPP.

The second half was generally one of trading baskets, and Queen’s College generally played better than the winners in the second period but the first-half deficit was just too tall a mountain to climb.

Alejandro Boxhill (15 points) and Nicholas Grannum (14) led the scoring for Queen’s College while Ashley Smith (17) and Nicholas Rouse (14) had the hot hands for the winners.

The Lodge School was engaged in another thriller at their home court and got a well-deserved 45-44 win after storming back from a half-time six-point deficit that saw Foundation leading 28-24.

Nicanor Maughan led the scoring for The Lodge with 18 points while Akeem Marshall had a game-high 26 points on the strength of some excellent play for Foundation. He was assisted by Jabari Austin who netted 13 points, but in the end, it just wasn’t enough. (WG)

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