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Schools’ showdown

Barbados Community College’s Lamar Grazettes (with ball) goes strong to the basket while Harrison College’s Chioke Holder (15) tries to block him.

Barbados Community College and the Samuel Jackman Prescod Polytechnic are through to the finals of the United Insurance-sponsored National Sports Council’s Senior Secondary Schools Division 1 Basketball Tournament.

In the first semi-final played this evening at the Clapham, St. Michael hard-court, Barbados Community College defeated Harrison College 55-32 in a lop-sided encounter.

It was an all-round team effort which propelled the Community College to the emphatic victory and the chance of defending their title.

The BCC’s Jare Alleyne was the game’s top scorer with 13 points, while Stephen Ottley provided good assistance with 12 points. Kelan Phillips and Lamar Grazettes chipped in with 10 points each in a show of offensive strength to which the Crumpton Street, St. Michael school had no answer.†

Harrison College never really got into the game as their 26-8 deficit at the half- time break left them with just too much ground to make up during the second period. Runako Boyce and Anand Joseph were the only College players to really trouble the scorers with 12 and 11 baskets respectively.

In the second semi-final, the Samuel Jackman Prescod Polytechnic prevailed over Combermere 78 -71 in a thrilling game, after being down 30-34 at the half-time break.

Combermere’s Jimal Singh played the game of the tournament for a match-high 37 points but still finished on the losing side. He got excellent assistance from Jamario Clarke who poured in 23 points.

But while Combermere’s offence was mainly a two-man effort, the SJPP got important baskets from several of their players. Ashley Smith was brilliant on both the offensive and defensive ends, finishing with a team-high 32 points to almost neutralise Singh’s efforts. Denzil Bovell provided great help on the offensive end with 14 points, while Tyoka Young had 12 and the consistent Nicholas Rouse sank 10 crucial points.

The final is slated for Friday at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus’ hard-court at 4.30 p.m. This game will be played after the Division 2 final between Ellerslie and Lester Vaughan which comes off at 3 p.m.††

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