Tight at top; lonely at bottom in Premier League
A game-high 26 points from Jamar Headley propelled Barbados Hilton Resort Warriors to an 80-53 drubbing of the Pan American International Insurance Corporation Warrens last night at the Young Men’s Christian Association’s (YMCA), Pinfold Street, St Michael court.
The games were forced back to the less-than aesthetically pleasing or accommodating YMCA as a result of the imminent refurbishment of the Wildey Gymnasium. The YMCA, home of basketball in the roaring 1970s when the sport was king, is not a sight for sore eyes.
Warriors set the offensive pattern very early and led throughout the game. At the end of the first three quarters the scores read 21-13, 41-22 and 64-41 in the round two Co-operators General Insurance-sponsored Barbados Amateur Basketball Association (BABA) Premier League encounter.
Nicholas King, captain of Warriors, had the second highest score of 14 points, Corey McDonald netted 13 and Justin Maloney had 12. In addition to their offensive output Headley and McDonald were also busy on the defensive end, harassing Warrens into several turn-overs, many of which led to easy baskets at the other end of the floor. McDonald nailed three treys on the night while King accounted for four three-pointers.
Pan American Warrens found the going tough from the opening whistle. Dario Cunberbatch managed to sink 14 points while getting some assistance from Manuel Alleng with 12, Kirtly Carter with ten and Kahmal Boyce who contributed six points.
Warrens were extremely lapse on defence offering too many second-opportunity baskets to the Warriors. They also failed to protect the ball and on offence lacked cohesion. Their rebounding on both offensive and defensive boards was nothing to boast about either.
Warriors have 27 points from 16 games having won 11 and lost five. Also at the top of the table on 27 points are Orange 3 Pinelands. They have played 15, won 12 and lost three. Also on 27 points from 16 games are Urban Vybz St John’s Sonics who have won 11 and dropped five. Warrens are sixth on the table on 23 points having played 16, won seven and lost nine.
Meanwhile in the other game which was the first of the night, Barbados Lumber Company Lakers defeated VYB Patriots 73-49 with Patriots suffering their 15th defeat on a stretch for the season.
Lakers commanded the first three quarters with the breaks finding the scores at 23-9, 36-21 and 60-28. Mark Bridgeman lead the way with 20 points for Lakers and was ably supported by big man Ormond Haynes with 18 points along with 13 from Jimal Singh.
Both Bridgeman and Haynes were on court for over 30 minutes and Bridgeman scored three of his five three-point shots. Meanwhile for Patriots Andre Stoute ended with 15 points, Stefan Brathwaite had 12 and Shawn Ifill chipped in with 11.
Lakers are fifth on the nine-team table on 26 points from 16 games having won 10 and lost six. Patriots are languishing at the bottom of the table with 15 points from 15 games and staring demotion, ias well as embarrassment, fully in the eyes.