BCC win thriller

Combermere’s Jimal Singh (left) and Jamario Clarke (right) led their school’s offence. (FP)

The Barbados Community College once again got the better of the Samuel Jackman Prescod Polytechnic when the two Division one league leaders clashed yesterday in the United Insurance-sponsored National Sports Council’s Senior Schools Basketball Tournament.

Playing at Clapham, the BCC team defeated SJPP 57-53 in an exciting encounter where the team that held greater nerve down the final stretch emerged victorious. There was precious little to separate the two teams and if anything, BCC’s defence got them over the final hurdle, scoring important baskets off defensive stops.

At the half-time whistle the BCC had a three-point lead after both teams had missed a number of scoring opportunities with some errant shooting. Both teams played urgent defence throughout the evening.

The scoring was shared around on both benches with the BCC’s Jare Alleyne (15 points), Lamar Grazette (14) and Stephan Ottley (14) leading the charge for the Eyrie, St Michael institution, while Ashley Smith with 15 points and Alexander Cuberbatch, 14, were SJPP’s principal offensive threats. The win solidified the BCC’s position at the top of the table with 22 points, three ahead of the SJPP.

At Husband’s, St James, Queen’s College predictably crushed The St Michael School 56-25 with four players – Kirkley Carter (15), Kieron Savoury (12), Akeem Rowe (10) and Ryan Hall (10) – getting into double figures. They led 31-15 at half-time.

At Church Hill, Foundation’s home court advantage was not enough as they went down to Harrison College 66-55. Beaten, but not disgraced, Foundation got a game-high 25 points from Akeem Marshall who had an excellent game on the offensive and defensive ends of the court.

Harrison College, which led 29-23 at half-time, got 22 points from Nikolai Burton, while Darian Chandler chipped in with 18 points and Anand Joseph Thorne, 15.

Combermere were up and on and all over The Lodge School when they went to St John and defeated them 56-49. Once again it was their dynamic duo of Jamario Clarke (21 points) and Jimal Singh (13) who led their offence. Leon Ward with 16 points, Nicanor Maughan, 15, and Jamal Hunter, 11, had the hot hands for The Lodge School. The win took Combermere into third position on the table. (WG)

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