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Cawmere cruise all over Crumpton St.

Jimal Singh led Combermere’s offence. (FP)

… defeat harrison college lads on the court

So what if Harrison College are ahead of Combermere on the league table?

Position counted for nothing yesterday evening as the fourth-placed Waterford lads went to Crumpton Street, St. Michael and dished out a severe 64-44 thrashing on the third-placed Harrison College to keep interest alive at the top of division one in the United Insurance-sponsored National Sports Council’s Senior Schools Basketball Tournament.

Once again Combermere owed their victory to the twin offensive threat of Jimal Singh and Jamario Clarke, whose chemistry and individual athleticism, have been among the main highlights of the tournament so far. Clarke usually takes the dominant role but last evening it was the fleet-footed Singh who really tormented their hosts.

Combermere got off to a great start from the opening tip with their offence going mainly through their dynamic duo and Clarke showing some nifty post moves. But it was Singh who was not afraid to take his defenders off the dribble and slash to the key and when he didn’t score he drew fouls.

The half-time score was 38-27 and a good all-round offence from the five on court basically maintained a double-point cushion throughout.

Though he led Harrison College with 12 points, it was not one of Nikolai Burton’s best evening on the game as he ‘disappeared’ for chunks of the game when greater offensive effort was required from him. Anand Joseph Thorne chipped in with 10 points for the hosts.

Tightened defence

The expected run in the second-half from Harrison College never really materialised as Combermere never took their foot off the gas on either end of the court, especially the defensive end, and constantly harassed the hosts’ shooters. Harrison College were guilty of taking some rushed, ill-advised shots as they realised the points gap kept widening. The final whistle ended the 20-point rout and signalled an emphatic statement by the visitors.

At Church Hill, table-topping Barbados Community College continued their rampage through the division with a 77-39 whipping of hosts, Foundation.

The other schools in the competition will have to play unbelievable defence if they are to stop the trio of Kelan Phillips, Stephan Ottley and Lamar Grazette. Yesterday, Foundation couldn’t play that type of defence and they paid – dearly.

Foundation did well to keep BCC down to 33 half-time points, although the visitors appeared to be in cruise mode for most of the half. Akeem Marshall had a good game and was not afraid to try to find a path through the key for lay-ups. He had 18 points and got good assistance from Jabari Austin who netted 10. Alas, that was about the extent of Foundation’s offensive efforts.

Phillips almost singularly got Foundation’s score, pouring in 30 points in a brilliant display of precision shooting and penetrative moves into the paint. Ottley had 18 and Grazette, 20.

At Husbands, St. James, Queen’s College scored a lop-sided 62-38 win over The Lodge School. For the winners, Alejandro Boxill had 21 poiints, while Tremaine Shorey with 15 points and Nicanor Maughan, 10, did the bulk of the scoring for the losing visitors.

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