DIVISION ONE TEAMS TUSSLING FOR BRAGGING RIGHTS
Station Hill Cavaliers toiled hard but came up short against the Lakers who ran away with another easy 61-35 victory in the ongoing Barbados Amateur Basketball Association Division One League last night.
The score line reflected the Lakers’ dominance throughout the game after they led the first three quarters 17-8, 32-12, 47-15 at the Clapham, St Michael hard court.
Keenan Small top-scored for Lakers with 20 points but no one else managed double figures as the next best scores were eight each from Leonard Cromwell and Matthew Moore respectively. But It was a general all-round team effort from Lakers who also did well on the defensive end with a number of steals that prevented the Cavaliers from frequently progressing to the basket. And when they did get into the paint, it was not without great defensive harassment. Ramario Hutson with 13 points and Jamar Maughan, eight, were the main scorers for Cavaliers.
In the second match-up Clapham Bulls did not capitalize on home court advantage the way they should have but still managed to scrape a 59-57 win over the Garrison Chargers.
The first three quarters were always in favour of Bulls who led 13-11, 30-28, 47-40. But Garrison Chargers fought feverishly to keep themselves in the game until the scores were eventually tied at 57-57. Then Reynold Layne became the hero with a two-pointer that gave Bulls the lead and eventually was enough to seal the win.
Neil Leacock had 16 points for Bulls while Layne and Ryan Leacock had 11 each respectively. For the Garrison Chargers Ron Grant ended with a team-high 13 points, Selwyn Cambridge chipped in with 11 and Junior Clarke added eight.
In another one-way bruising Checker Hall Braves registered a comfortable 62-37 win over Belfield Juniors after leading 13-11, 27-21, 44-29 through the first three quarters. The home support counted for very little for the St Michael team. After an initial period where they showed some fight, they ran out of steam in the third quarter and were never a factor afterwards. Damian Leacock’s efforts earned him 16 points, Jamal Scantlebury had 12 and Ron Taitt chipped in with 10 for the Braves.
Juniors had a decent game from Omar Bowen who notched 17 points but he did not get the kind of support needed on the offensive end to stop Checker Hall in their tracks. Basil Weatherhead added ten points for the Belfield side but at times the rest of the squad seem more involved in a scrimmage than setting up proper plays. The score line told the tale.
Then, Belfield seniors took to the court and showed their juniors how it should have been done when they dug deep to come from behind and defeat ACS United 55-53 in a thrilling contest. The scores were 4-16, 14-33 and 34-45 after three periods.