The Barbados Community College made it six wins in six games this evening when they defeated Queen’s College 69-33 as action in the United Insurance-sponsored National Sports Council’s Senior Schools Basketball Tournament continued across the island.
Playing at Husbands, St. James the defending champions made all the running to dominate the game from the opening tip.
The Eyrie, St. Michael institution basically blew the game open from the first half when stifling defence and better shot selection saw them rush into an early lead and a 44-19 advantage at the break.
Once again it was Kelan Phillips who led their offensive efforts. Fresh from a 25-point production against Combermere, Phillips controlled the tempo of the game on offence and also played solid defence. It was not a one-man-show though, as Stephan Ottley with 15 points and Lamar Grazette, 14, also added to BCC’s offensive punch.
Queen’s College, which played so well against the Samuel Jackman Prescod Polytechnic Tuesday, never got their offence working today, and if anything, were guilty of taking rushed shots and giving up too many second opportunities to BCC on their offensive boards. That none of their players managed double figures told its own story.
After their last defeat, Combermere returned to winners’ row with an easy 60-28 win over The St. Michael School at Waterford, St. Michael.
This year has been a struggle for the Martindale’s Road school but they initially gave their few supporters at the court some early hope.
A lacklustre first-half by Combermere saw them scoring a mere 18 points and this was matched by the visitors who shot similarly poorly.
It was a different story in the second-half though, at least for Combermere.
Tionne Bostic and the consistent offensive threat, Jimal Singh, stepped up their game to take the game away from St. Michael.
While Combermere shot better in the second half to score an additional 42 points, St. Michael were abysmal, managing only to score 10 points for the duration of the half. Bostic finished with 19 points, while Singh had 17. Two players, Derion Hurley (14 points) and Christian Halliday (10) were basically the only offensive threat which St. Michael took to Waterford.
At Society, St. John, home court advantage amounted to naught, when Harrison College defeated The Lodge School 49-31. At the half, the visitors led 21-12 and continued to dominate in the second half, even if the game was fraught with turn-overs on both sides of the court.
Nikolai Burton led the scoring for the visitors with 11 points, while Leon Ward had 10 for The Lodge.
At Clapham, Samuel Jackman Prescod Polytechnic continued their winning ways with a 50-30 victory over Foundation.
Nicholas Rouse had a monster of a game for SJPP, notching up 26 points and also added much backbone to the defence. Tyoka chipped in with 10 points. Paul Doughty had 10 points for Foundation.
In action yesterday at Ellerslie, the home side wiped the court with St. James Secondary, demolishing them 74-10.
Kadeem Brathwaithe, 18 points, Antoine Morris 10, Roderick Massiah 16, and Deshawn Hunte 11 led their scoring.
At Lester Vaughan, in another lop-sided contest, Lester Vaughan defeated Alexandra 72-14.
Demar Austin, 16 points, John Shane Howard, 12, and Gabriel Trotman, 10, led the scoring for the winners.
And at Paddock Road, Graydon Sealy became just the latest school to beat up on Deighton Griffith when they walked all over the Christ Church school, 111-18. Andrew Ifill, 26 points, Shaquan Newton, 22, Amal Smith, 22,
Amuniki Wood, 14, and Justin Pile,10, enjoyed the feast to their hearts’ content.