Checker Hall not brave enough
Pan American International Insurance Warrens are through to the quarterfinal round of the Barbados Amateur Basketball Association Division One Knockout after making light work of Checker Hall Braves 82-69.
The two teams met Tuesday night at the Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) in Pinfold Street, St Michael where Warrens were victorious led after each quarter 21-16, 40-30 and 61-55.
Point guard Zahir Motara led the way with 24 points for Warrens inclusive of five three pointers, Javid Beckles tallied 17, Jonathan Dottin had 16 and Peter Alleyne chipped in with 13. Jamal Scantlebury scored 20 for Checker Hall; the next best scores were 14 from Chadd Greaves, Ron Taitt’s 12 and Damien Bovell with ten.
The men in red took charge from early and had their way on offence throughout the match. Motara and Dottin came on court late in the first quarter but wasted no time getting down to business especially Motara nailing a three point shot to ensure Checker Hall felt his presence.
At halftime Warrens had a ten-point game going in their favour at 40-30 but needed a couple more points to really take charge of things.
Checker Hall managed to pull things back at 48-47 but Warrens responded through Bernard Riley who scored five vital points. That was followed by a three-point shot from Motara to give Warrens the lead once more at 53-48.
Greaves showed up for Checker Hall with one of two free throws and a two point shot to take his side onto 51 but Warrens with the combination of Motara and Alleyne especially had their way with the opposition’s defence down the stretch.
The fourth and decisive quarter was an easy walk in the park for Warrens and Checker Hall were unable to stop the strong Warren’s attack.
This coming Sunday Warrens will play Challengers in the quarterfinal.