Graydon Sealy, Harrison College win bball divisions
It’s official now. Graydon Sealy and Harrison College are the kings of schools’ basketball.
Led by a standout performance from Finals Most Valuable Player (MVP), Shaquan Newton, Graydon Sealy easily brushed aside Ellerslie 81-66 to claim their second consecutive Massy United Insurance Division Two title.
It was just as easy for newly crowned Division One champs Harrison College, who slam-dunked Combermere 84-68 to capture the coveted title.
Newton produced one of his best showings of the season, finishing with a game high 26 points to help Graydon Sealy retain the Pearson Griffith Trophy. He was ably assisted by Andrew Ifill who scored 20, along with Ahmal Smith who added 12, while Chemar Steele chipped in with 11 points.
Ellerslie only have themselves to blame, after dominating the first half of the contest. Led by point guard Akeem Brathwaite, and aided by Graydon Sealy’s wasted opportunities, they held a commanding 24-11 lead at the end of the first quarter.
However, through the efforts of Newton and Ifill especially, Graydon Sealy managed to cut the deficit to just two by the half (30-32), before taking control in the second half.
The contest was effectively over in the third quarter, as Graydon Sealy managed to limit their opponents to just 19 third quarter points with some stifling defence, while pouring in 32 points at the other end of the floor on their way to transforming that initial deficit into a 62-51 advantage.
Jehu Lafeuillee, who was voted the tournament’s MVP, tried his best to keep Ellerslie in the game, but with Graydon Sealy swarming him whenever he touched the ball and some good defence by small forward Theo Greenidge, he struggled to carry the offensive load.
So much were Graydon Sealy in control, they were able to clear the substitutes’ bench in the final period, on their way to their second succesive title.
Lafeuillee top-scored for the losers with 23 points, while Brathwaite contributed 15 and Nicholas Hoyte, 13.
Meanwhile in the “big boys” final, HC –– the overwhelming favourites –– controlled the contest from start to finish on their way to dominating a seemingly shell shocked Combermere side and claiming the Victor Payne Trophy.
Shooting guard, Joel Hunte showed why he was named both the Finals and tournament MVP, pouring in a game high 30 points. He was well supported by teammate Nikolai Burton with 21, Steven Haynes scored 11 and Christopher Holder, 10.
Combermere, though outclassed, put up a valiant fight through the efforts of Kadeem Brathwaite, who took the game to his opponent to end with 29 points. Derion Hurley and Ajani Miller both ended with 12 points for the Waterford lads. The boys from Crumpton Street used stingy defence to force numerous turnovers which they easily converted to points at the other end.
That allowed them to blow open a closely contested first quarter, in which they led by just four (18-14), into a 41-23 half-time cushion.
It was during the second quarter which Hunte and Burton took their opponents to task. A lacklustre showing by Combermere on both ends of the floor, allowed their opponents easy opportunities, which they graciously accepted on their way to building an 18 point lead.
By the third quarter, it was effectively over, as the lead continued to balloon, with HC’s fans already beginning to celebrate, long before the final whistle blew to signal the end of the game.