Warrens corral the Bulls
Burger King Clapham Bulls had no answers for Pan American Life Insurance Warrens who pulverized them 83-49 in a quarterfinal match-up of the Barbados Amateur Basketball Association’s Division One Knockout at Culloden Road, St Michael Thursday night.
It was a much-anticipated game based on the fact that both sides had former national players in their line-ups and who were quite familiar with each other.
However from the start Bulls were stifled on offence and this allowed Warrens to command the first three quarters at 27-13, 49-23 and 62-34.
Zahir Motara remains consistent in this competition and Thursday night he top scored with 19 points for the winners. Jonathan Dottin added 18 points and Peter Alleyne chipped in with 14. There were occasions it appeared Motara, Alleyne and their team-mates were playing against themselves due to Bulls’ reserved attitude and reluctance to put any sort of pressure on their opponents.
Reynold Layne was the only player to reach double figures for Bulls with 14. Ryan Leacock, one of the Bulls’ better shooters, along with Leron Elliott, scraped a mere eight points each.
After being down by 14 at the end of the first quarter all Bulls had to do was focus a lot more on defence to keep Motara and company quiet but instead they allowed them shooting space in abundance and open lanes to the basket. Warrens did not have to be invited twice to take advantage of the charity.
Warrens extended their lead by 26 points at half-time and it would have taken something special from Leacock and Bulls in the third and fourth quarters to come from behind and deny their opponents a semifinal spot. That miracle never came.
In other action Pinelands edged home by two points, 60-58, to secure their place against Police at the Young Men’s Christian Association (YMAC) at Pinfold Street, St Michael.
The first three quarters went 13-14, 24-28, 45-43 to Pinelands who fought to the very end in order to advance with individual performances of 14 from Chris Holder, Nicholas Wiltshire, 13 and Kiserian Adams eight. Nicholai Williams played well for his 22 points but it was not meant to be for Police.
In another quarterfinal match on the night Lakers defeated Dover 74-69 after leading at the quarters 27-17, 39-28, 53-45.
There is one outstanding quarterfinal match between Cougars and Senator to be played.