Last year’s winners will defend basketball title
Graydon Sealy Secondary will defend their Division Two title against Ellerslie while Division One title-holders Harrison College will come up against Combermere in the corresponding final, after all four teams logged victories in the semi-finals of the 2014 Massy United Insurance Secondary School Basketball League yesterday.
Playing at the Wildey Gymnasium, Graydon Sealy slaughtered Frederick Smith Secondary 59-19 while in the other Division Two semi-final, Ellerslie held off Lester Vaughan Secondary 70-60.
In Division One, Harrison College made no mistake as they hammered Christ Church Foundation 71-51 while Combermere battled past Barbados Community College 70-64.
Graydon Sealy, meanwhile, produced the most dominant performance of the day as they easily got past Frederick Smith with little fuss.
The winners were led by Andrew Ifill who top scored with 17 points while Shaquan Newton chipped in with 14 and Amal Smith, ten. For the losers, Khamal Boyce managed eight points.
Graydon Sealy led the game throughout, rushing to an 11-0 lead at the end of the first quarter, which they converted into a 30-10 advantage at half-time. They out-scored their opponents 23-3 in the third quarter to lead 53-13, before cruising in the final quarter with the game already sealed.
In contrast, Ellerslie were forced to battle all the way to the end before posting a hard fought come-from-behind victory over Lester Vaughan.
The Black Rock-based school trailed 14-18 after the first quarter and were behind by five, 27-32 at the half-time whistle. However, Ellerslie roused themselves in the third quarter to producing a sterling defensive effort which saw them outscore Lester Vaughan 20-5 and grab a 47-37 lead heading into the final quarter.
Lester Vaughan guard Brandon Hope top scored with a game high 35 points and got great support from Zachary Cave who scored 16.
But Ellerslie’s go-to guy Jehu Lafeuillee delivered yet again despite being under heavy surveillance by Lester Vaughan. He scored 30 points while Jamali Holder chipped in with 12 to take the game away from Lester Vaughan.
In Division one, meanwhile, Harrison College easily got by Foundation, thanks to the consistent Joel Hunte with his 26 points and Nikolai Button and Christopher Holder who added 12 points apiece.
Shaquan Carrington, usually the leading scorer for Foundation, was once again out front with 11 points.
Harrison College dominated from the outset, leading 26-16 at the end of the first quarter before out-scoring Foundation 22-8 in the second quarter to establish a half-time advantage of 48-24.
In the other Division One semi-final, Combermere were propelled by Derion Hurley who scored 23 while Kadeem Brathwaite downed 18 and Christopher Collymore, 11.
For BCC, Alexander Cumberbatch was the high man with 20 points, with Anderson Gittens contributing 14 and Ammuniki Wood, 12.