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Graydon Sealy take crown

Harrison College defeated in basketball knockout final

Graydon Sealy stunned Harrison College (HC) 80-54 to earn bragging rights as the best secondary school basketball team in the country when the inaugural 2014 National Sports Council Massy United Insurance Secondary School Basketball Knockout Competition ended today at the Wildey Gymnasium.

What made the performance all the more impressive, was the fact that HC became the third division one team which Graydon Sealy –– who competes in division two –– had defeated on their way to the coveted title, following victories overthe Barbados Community College and Christ Church Foundation.

Shaquan Newton led Graydon Sealy with 23 points, while Amal Smith scored 17, Chemar Steele 15, Andrew Ifill 13 and Theo Greenidge added 11.

For HC, Nikolai Burton top scored with 22 while Joel Hunte ended with 12 points.

Harrison College top scorer Nikolai Burton with ball in hand being challenge by Graydon Sealy top scorer Shaquan Newton. (Pictures by Morissa Lindsay).

The writing was on the wall for a blowout victory from as early as the opening minutes, with Smith opening the scoring for Graydon Sealy –– the division two league champions –– as part of an early 10-0 run.

Another basket by Smith, was quickly followed by a three-pointer from Newton, and together with help from Ifill and Greenidge, helped to build a commanding 26-5 first quarter lead, as HC struggled to get points on the board.

HC had a better start to the ensuing quarter, with Hunte getting to the free throw line after being fouled on his way to the basket. But Newton and Ifill answered back for Graydon Sealy, scoring two consecutive baskets to maintain their 20-point lead.

HC though were given a lifeline, when coach Sean Jones was forced to bench Ifill after he picked up his fourth foul in the first half.

However, they failed to captitalize on his absence, instead frequently turning over the ball, which their all-too-happy opponents readily turned into points at the other end.

Their sloppy play allowed Graydon Sealy to extend their lead to 17 at the half, with the score 42-25.

The boys from Paddock Road then used a strong defensive effort to keep HC at bay in the second half.

HC’s usually dynamic duo of Hunte and Burton struggled against a swarming defense, which was led by Smith, who clogged the lane whenever they attempted to get to the basket.

With Ifill still on the bench, though,  Graydon Sealy’s offence struggled. They managed to score just ten points in the third period, which allowed HC, through the relentless efforts of Hunte and Burton, to cut the deficit to just 12 (52-39), heading into the final quarter.

That fightback was quickly ended though, as Steele began the period with a three-pointer from way behind the arc, with Ifill entering the game shortly after.

Buoyed on by some vociferous support from their supporters in the stands, who included former principal Matthew Farley, Graydon Sealy turned on the heat, almost doubling HC’s fourth quarter output of 15, by scoring 28 points on their way to a well deserved victory.

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