Lester Vaughan defeat Frederick Smith
Lester Vaughan defeated Frederick Smith Secondary 40-37 in an exciting encounter as the Massy United Insurance-sponsored Secondary Schools Basketball Competition continued this afternoon.
Frederick Smith have been playing decent basketball in the division two this year and playing at home one would have expected them to pull off a win in their own backyard. But today they perhaps helped in their own defeat by giving Lester Vaughan a few too many scoring opportunities from their errant ball-handling and turn-overs. Brandon Hope, who top-scored with 19 points and Zachary Cave with 11, were controlled by Lester Vaughan’s offensive efforts and frequently knifed through Frederick Smith’s timid defence to score vital points.
Early in the first quarter, Cave playing at forward worked hard on offense to score three of Lester Vaughan’s seven points in the period. Frederick Smith managed only four points in response. Kevin Briggs and Hope chipped in, especially with their assists.
Hope, playing the guard position, posed plenty of problems for Frederick Smith. They simply could not contend with his speed off the dribble and his ability to get to the basket. He scored nine points in the second quarter to put the score at 20-11.
Frederick Smith managed to pull things back somewhat in the third quarter which ended with them just down by four points at 27-23. The St James school’s Khamal Boyce stepped up the tempo and was a real presence in the quarter while scoring five points. With just a four point difference, Frederick Smith definitely had a chance to make a comeback in the final quarter and Boyce was once again in the thick of things scoring six points in the period. But it simply was not enough as Hope with five points and Cave with three points, responded immediately whenever Frederick Smith attempted a run on them and the Cane Garden school held their advantage until the final whistle.
In another division two game, Ellerslie continued their dominance, defeating Deighton Griffith 55-38. Akeem Brathwaite top scored with 23 points while Akeil Straker chipped in with 12. Joshua Marshall scored 20 points for Deighton Griffith.