One finalist decided; the other to be known tomorrow
Orange Three Pinelands have advanced to the final of the Co-operators General Insurance-sponsored Barbados Amateur Basketball Association Premier League playoffs. But it was not without a stirring fight from Hilton Resort Warriors in a contest that ended in an overtime 83-79 scoreline.
Playing last night at the Barbados Community College, Warriors needed to win the second game of their three-match semi-final playoff series to level the series at one apiece. But they were denied by Pinelands yet again. Pinelands won the first game last Thursday, then came back and managed to pull off a hard fought victory last night leading at the breaks, 21-19, 38-36, 57-51 and 69-69 at regulation time.
Just when Warriors look as though they would have taken the game away, Pinelands center Charles Vanderpool who ended with a game high 29 points used his experience and found the nets seconds before the buzzer went off to lock the scores at 79. Ramon Simmons also had a good game with 21 points with nine of those from three pointers. Junior Moore and Kurt Elias contributed 12 each.
What might have cost Warriors the game was their failure to score vital free throws when they got to the charity strip. However, nothing could be taken away from Nicholas King who played well for his 17 points along with Coreey McDonald and Jamal Headley who finished with16 points each for Warriors.
Pinelands will have to await the outcome of the other semi-final playoff between Station Hill Cavaliers and Pan American International Insurance Corporation Warrens.
Station Hill have given themselves a chance to advance into the final thanks to forward Aamir Morris who was simply unstoppable on Saturday night at the Barbados Community College in the second match of the three-game series as they levelled the showdown at one each.
Warrens led 18-16, 38-34 after two quarters but lost their way subsequently with the business end of the contest going 66-65 and 85-82 in favour of the Cavs. The third and decisive game is scheduled for tomorrow at the Wildey Gymnasium.
Morris tallied 22 points in the game inclusive of a series of massive slam-dunks and passionate words of menace to Warrens that they were in his house. What really stood out and showed the zest of the man on Saturday night was a huge block he produced a couple seconds before the game ended to deny Warrens the opportunity to score and bring parity to the game.
Warrens guard Andre Lockhart was under heavy surveillance by Station Hill’s defence but still managed to top-score with 28 points while Jamar King contributed 13. Despite those efforts Station Hill Cavaliers were not denied with Jason Smith contributed 15 points and Anand Joseph-Thorne helping out with 12. Tomorrow’s game will commence at 8 p.m.