Graydon Sealy win grudge match
Revenge can be so sweet.
Graydon Sealy met Ellerslie a few weeks ago and the Paddock Road boys were beaten 57-53. Today, they met again and the former Garrison School stood firm and then sent their opponents back to Black Rock, St Michael reeling from a 83-55 whipping.
Playing at home this afternoon in the Massy United Insurance-sponsored Secondary Schools Division Two Basketball Competition, Graydon Sealy definitely had a point to prove and they did just that, led by an electrifying Andrew Ifill who top scored with 27 points. He was ably assisted in the demolition by Chemar Steele with 22 points and Shaquan George Newton with 18 in a game that determined which team finished top of the league.
Ellerslie went into the match-up unbeaten with nine wins while Graydon Sealy had previously played nine games with eight wins and the one loss to Ellerslie.
Graydon Sealy commanded the first quarter which ended at 19-11. They were led by their energetic guards Ifill who scored ten points in that quarter and Steele who contributed five points. Ellerslie’s top scorer Jamali Holder scored a total of 16 points in the game with five of those points being scored in the first quarter.
Graydon Sealy increased their eight-point lead to 21 in the twinkling of an eye in the second period. Newton, returning from illness, was under heavy guard by Ellerslie’s defenders but he still managed to make his presence felt with two three pointers as he contributed seven points. Ifill busied himself driving through the paint and picking up lay-ups or drawing fouls. He had seven points in the quarter. The score going into the penultimate quarter was 40-26. Ellerslie offence was not as potent as it had been in earlier games with their usual stand-outs Akeem Brathwaite and Jehu Lafueille scoring 11 points in the game but going missing at critical junctures in the game. Both got four points in the quarter.
Graydon Sealy went into overdrive in the third quarter and the intensity at this stage was so high that it was felt by all at court-side. This quarter saw Graydon Sealy’s dynamic trio hitting some long range bombs. Small forward Tio Greenidge also turned in a defensive master-class in the period with a number of blocked shots, steals outlet passes to his shooters. Newton was one of the beneficiaries scoring two three pointers in that quarter for his nine. Steele, too, had the crowd buzzing after scoring three three pointers in that quarter for nine points also.
Graydon Sealy scored 31 points in the third period to enter the fourth and final quarter with a massive 30 point lead at 71 to 41. Graydon Sealy’s only worry in the final period was that Ifill was sitting on four fouls and it was just a matter of time before he had to leave the proceedings when he picked up his fifth. That made Ellerslie’s fans quite excited but it did not make much of a difference to Graydon Sealy. And to show Ellerslie just how confident they were of winning the game the Graydon Sealy coach emptied his bench and gave his senior players a well deserved rest. Ellerslie scored two points more than Graydon Sealy in the final quarter, 14 to 12, but that provided little comfort as the damage had long been done to their unbeaten run.