Warrens, Lakers for Division 1 final
There is simply no stopping the three-point shooting artistry of Zahir Motara. Last night he had the hot hands with a game-high 34 points to see Pan American Life Insurance Warrens into the Barbados Amateur Basketball Association Division One final.
Playing at the Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) at Pinfold Street, St Michael, Warrens came from behind to defeat Cougars 80-71 after the scores read 12-18, 30-32 and 52-52 at the quarters.
Even before referee Richard Walrond blew his whistle everyone knew it would have been close which was the case up until the fourth quarter when Warrens’ shooting guard Motara and Peter Alleyne who finished the game with 13 points, proved too much for Cougars’ defenders to stop. Jonathan Dottin and Javid Beckles chipped in with nine points each.
Stevenson Callender had a good game for Cougars scoring 24 points but did not receive that much assistance from those around him on the offensive end. Only Shawn Gaskin with 12 points posed any additional offensive threat to the unbeaten Warrens.
Warrens were down by two points at half-time but were still in the game heading into the third quarter as Cougars sought to extend their lead and managed to reach 52 points. That placed Warrens in a position to play catch-up but not by much and the talented shooting guard Motara who scored a total of seven three-pointers got into a rhythm shooting two consecutive treys in one burst. Along with support from Alleyne, Dottin and Pearson Griffith, Warrens were able to tie the scores at 52.
Half-way into the fourth quarter the scores were still pretty close with Warrens being down by just one point at 57-58 when Beckles added more gasoline to the fire Motara created by nailing three consecutive three point shots and before one knew it Warrens led 66-58 and just took control from there on. Cougars apparently were so focused on Motara that they forgot that Alleyne and Beckles could score from any angle of the court.
Warrens will come up against Lakers in the final after the former division one kings defeated Pinelands 72-62 last night at the YMCA in the other semi-final. At the end of three quarters the scores were 21-17, 33-26, 53-44.
Darren Adams led the way with 16 points for Lakers, Andre Bourne had 11 and Jamil Jones scored nine. For Pinelands who had a more youthful side Nicholas Wiltshire top-scored with 18 and Kirk Elias had 10 before fouling out in the fourth quarter.
The final is scheduled for Sunday, September 4th, at the Barbados Community College.