Two teams at the upper level of Division 2 schools’ basketball scrapped it out yesterday at the YMCA and when the final whistle blew, Ellerslie had a hard-fought 64-57 victory over St. Leonard’s and had moved into second place on the points table, one place above the Richmond Gap, St. Michael school.
With the United Insurance-sponsored National Sports Council’s Senior Schools competition getting into the real business end of the season, it was an important win for Ellerslie with Antoine Morris once again demonstrating he is one of the most promising players at this level.
Morris led the Black Rock, St. Michael school’s offence with a game-high 28 points and was also pivotal on the defensive end especially with his exertion of pressure on St. Leonard’s ball possession.
As usual, he was equally adept with his jump shots as well as his moves through the paint. Morris got valuable assistance from Roderick Massiah who scored 11 points and Kadeem Brathwaite who netted 10 points.
Kept the lead
Ellerslie had an eight-point lead at the break (36-28) and successfully maintained daylight between themselves and St. Leonard’s in the second half despite the latter’s best efforts to narrow the gap.
For St. Leonard’s Antoine Lawrence netted 20 points, Bryan Neverson had 18 points and Akeal Simpson scored 10 points.
At Trents, two teams struggling at the bottom half of the standings played out a close game that ended 43-39 in favour of St James Secondary over Deighton Griffith. The match was close throughout with the winners holding a slender 25-21 advantage at the half-time whistle.
Corey Boyce and Delan Willie both got 12 points for St James, while Brandon Clarke and Jaden Walton netted 10 points each.
At Martindale’s Road in a division one match-up, Samuel Jackman Prescod Polytechnic had too much firepower for The St Michael School, defeating them 62-46. The consistent Nicholas Rouse led SJPP’s offence with 20 points and had able help from Ashley Smith (14 points) and Akeem Smith (13). Derion Hurley had 14 points and Cameron Blackman, 12, for the losing hosts. The half-time score was 35-20 to SJPP.