A Kolij crush

HC turn back QC’s challenge

Season campaigner for Harrison College Joel Hunte top-scored with an impressive 26 points to send Queen’s College back to Husbands, St James smarting from a 49-33 whipping today.

Playing at their Crumpton Street, St Michael home court in an at times keenly contested game in the 2014 Massy United Insurance Secondary Schools Basketball Division One Competition, Harrison College continued their dominant season and took their tally to eight wins with just one lost against the Barbados Community College.

When the two sides met earlier in the competition, Harrison College won that game and Queen’s College would have entered today’s encounter hoping to level the match-ups at one a piece. But the defending champions clearly had other plans this afternoon and Queen’s College got that message as the home side played tough basketball on both ends of the court. Their defensive pressure often led to offensive opportunities and they scored vital points throughout the game to keep a step ahead of the visitors from the first whistle to the last.

The boys from Husbands did not have their point guard Devon Deane who has been an instrumental part of their starting five so far this season. Queen’s College were the first to get on the score sheet, however, when the game started with a two pointer through power forward Jarren Ward who had nine points in the quarter. One minute later, Harrison College responded through their Hunte with two points thanks at the foul line. Hunte, a shooting guard, put his team in a decent position in the first quarter by scoring eight of their 14 points. Queen’s College managed only five in the same period.

Queen's College point guard Makaari Jones dribbles his way past Harrison College's point guard Joniton Fowler.
Queen’s College point guard Makaari Jones dribbles his way past Harrison College’s point guard Joniton Fowler.

After their unimpressive first quarter, and as if to emphasize the importance of the match-up, Queen’s College’s coach gave his charges a stern talking on the side lines. It seemed to work wonders as they came out in the second period with greater purpose. There were several turn overs in the quarter which both sides failed to capitalize on. This was as a result of frenetic defending from both teams. Six points each were scored by both teams to put the score at 20-11, still in favor of the hosts but quite reachable by Queen’s College.

With Queen’s College down and needing to up their offence, they instead had to contend with a Harrison College unit that played determinedly on both offence and defence in the third quarter. Nathan Leacock scored four points for Queen’s College in the period and used his sturdy body well in getting around Harrison College defence. This was a tactic though that Queen’s College generally failed to employ against the boys in maroon who were much smaller than they were.

Harrison College also capitalized on a few steals which allowed them to maintain their superiority and keep a double-figure points advantage at 31-21. With Hunte in the midst of almost every offensive effort by the hosts, his seven points in the third quarter gave Harrison College a 11-10 edge in the penultimate quarter.

In the decisive quarter, Christopher Holder stepped up on the offensive end to drop eight points on the visitors. He would finish with an eventual 16 points, and with Hunte, they ensured that Harrison College sealed yet another victory as the whistle blew to end the game.

In other Division One action today, Barbados Community College also recorded a victory, defeating Foundation 40-34. Playing at home the BCC’s Ammuniki Wood with 16 points, Anderson Gittens with nine and Avery Bryan with six played well to record another win in the competition. No Foundation player got into double figures with Shaquan Carrington managing nine points, Tre Bartlett eight, and Dominic Jervis six.


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