Pinelands beat up on Bucaneros
Pinelands Future A slammed Bucaneros 73-17 when the Barbados Amateur Basketball Association’s 2016 Summer Jam Under-19 competition continued Wednesday night at the YMCA, Pinfold Street, St Michael.
It was a one-sided affair for Pinelands who dominated proceedings, 22-0, 36-9 and 56-12, in the first three quarters against the hapless Bucaneros side.
Two of Barbados’ under-16 players Deroni Hurley and Rasheed Maynard who recently returned home from Guyana at the just concluded Caribbean Basketball Championship, led from the front for Pinelands.
Hurley top-scored with 18 points while Maynard accounted for ten. Also making a contribution were forwards Carlos Greenidge with 14 and Joshua Lloyd with 12. The latter was the only player to nail two three-point shots.
Brandon Ruck’s nine points was the best effort for the Bucaneros.
Bucaneros needed to get on the scoresheet and it came at the start of the second quarter through Brathwaite with four points. But Pinelands responded with Greenidge and Maynard linking well to ensure the ball got to Hurley for some vital layups.
Under the sideline urgings of coach Charles Vanderpool Pinelands passed the ball well, were good at spacing and successful at getting easy shots off screens.
While Bucaneros were busy trying to keep Hurley and Maynard quiet they often forgot about Lloyd who was frequently unmarked and seized the opportunity for easy baskets. His 12 points came during a terrific run in the second quarter.
After half time Pinelands continued their onslaught and had fun while doing it as the Bucaneros had no answers for Vanderpool’s guys who extended their lead by 44 points (56-12) heading into the final period.
Bucaneros were done and dusted at this stage. They managed a mere five points even though they did not have to deal with the presence of Hurley, Maynard and Lloyd who did not start the final quarter and were rested for most of that period.
This would make it three games for last year’s losing finalists Pinelands who went down to defending champions YMCA Wildcats but rebounded well to win their next two games convincingly over Kolij and against Bucaneros in the ongoing competition.