Combermere take control in convincing win
Combermere slammed Kingz 99-39 thanks to a game-high 23 points from junior national player Andrew Ifill as action continued last night in the Barbados Amateur Basketball Association’s under-19 competition played at Culloden Road.
Ifill and fellow national player Theo Greenigde are former Graydon Sealy students who are now in sixth form at Combermere and they continue to prove their worth. Greenidge contributed 16 along with 22 from Christopher Collymore and the three did most of the damage to put Combermere in a position to command leads at the end of the first three quarters, 25-9, 46-16 and 76-31.
Kingz are definitely one of the weaker teams in the competition and that allowed the Combermerians to attack their weak defence at will. Jadera Marsh was the only Kingz player to reach double figure with 11 points while Zishan Motara and Kareem Straker tallied eight points each.
In the opening quarter Ifill started off with a bang sinking nine points inclusive of consecutive three pointers, as he ended the quarter with 13 points. Both Ifill and Greenidge played their usual game by driving hard through Kingz’ defence and powering their way easily to the basket. Greenidge ended with eight points heading into the second quarter.
Jomon Philip and Josiah Beckles who both ended with ten points each scored five and six points respectively in the second quarter along with eight from Collymore and two from Amal Smith to help Combermere rack up 21 points to Kingz’ seven.
It would have taken something special for Kingz to bring themselves back into the game when the penultimate quarter began and they brought on young Motara who took a few shots at the basket but failed to connect and that left the big man Marsh to try his luck and he found six along with five from Rachad Hall but that still was not enough as Ifill and Greenidge who sat out most of the second quarter came back and picked up from where they left off.
Greenidge, Collymore and Brandon Chandler scored eight each while Ifill and Beckles contributed four and two respectively to make an all-round effort towards Combermere’s highest quarter score in the game of 30 points.
There was definitely no coming back for Kingz in the fourth and decisive quarter even though Motara hit two three pointers. The damage had already been done and Combermere who look like one of the teams that can possibly dethrone reigning champions Wild Cat just had some fun with Kingz coming on to the last few minutes.