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Graydon Sealy Secondary invade Cane Garden

Despite earlier buckling to the Ellerslie School juggernaut, Graydon Sealy have no intention of meekly surrendering the Division Two title which they won last year.

And led by their chief lieutenant in guard Andrew Ifill, the former Garrison Secondary made this quite clear as they pounded the surprisingly timid Lester Vaughan 59-20 at Cane Garden, St Thomas as action heated up in the 2014 Massy United Insurance-sponsored Secondary Schools Basketball Competition this evening.

Lester Vaughan had this opportunity to level this year’s match-ups at one each after losing the first of their two games against Graydon Sealy three weeks ago. But the boys from Paddock Road did not give their hosts the slightest sniff during a game that many spectators thought would have been closer.

The long-time rivalry between the two teams was clearly evident among fans at court side this afternoon. But home court advantage for Lester Vaughan proved irrelevant as they played catch-up from the opening whistle until the final.

Lester Vaughan’s Brandon Hope (with ball) dribbling past Graydon Sealy’s Chemar Steel.
Lester Vaughan’s Brandon Hope (with ball) dribbling past Graydon Sealy’s Chemar Steel.

Graydon Sealy had to contend without Shaquan George Newton who could not play because of sickness. However, Ifill proved with the backing of his teammates that he could get the job done and started the first quarter on a tear scoring 14 of 15 points scored. The other point was scored by Makhaya Shan who chipped in with a total of five points.

Theo Greenidge, playing small forward, announced himself when the second quarter started with six of his overall 16 points to assist Ifill who notched up ten points in the quarter. There were 20 points scored in that quarter which saw Graydon Sealy stealing a few balls whenever Lester Vaughan failed to hang on to their passes which occurred quite frequently during the game. Much of this was a result of pressure on the ball as well as Graydon Sealy smartly blocking off passing lanes.

Lester Vaughan was only able to score seven points in the second quarter as they struggled in every aspect of their game – ball handling, shooting, driving to the basket and defending. Their opponents took full advantage of their weak display to push the score to 35-8. Zachary Cave, Lester Vaughan’s usual offensive weapon inspiration, along with Brandon Hope, scored three of his four points in that quarter. He was clearly not one hundred per cent and did not deliver as expected for his team which so heavily depend on him.

In the penultimate quarter of the game, credit still had to be given to Lester Vaughan who slowed Graydon Sealy’s scoring with a better defensive effort. The boys in maroon seemed to become a bit complacent but still maintained their lead and ended the third quarter 47-15. Greenidge once again enjoyed a productive quarter, scoring six points in the period even though he had to contend with strong defensive pressure from Brandon Hope and Shamar Elliot who tried their utmost to keep him from his favourite scoring areas.

The fourth and decisive quarter also belonged to Graydon Sealy who scored 12 points in that quarter, divided equally among Ifill, Greenidge and Amal Smith as they completed the rout. Ifill had a game-high 30 points for the winners while none of Lester Vaughan’s players made it into double figures. Hope was the most productive with nine points.

In another Division Two showdown, Ellerslie playing at home continued their superb form this year. The youngsters from Black Rock, St Michael increased their unbeaten streak when they defeated Frederick Smith Secondary 54-42. Top scoring for Ellerslie was Nicholas Hoyte with 13 points while the high flying Jehu Lafeuille had 11 and Akeem Brathwaite, 10.

Ellerslie’s second meeting this season with Graydon Sealy is being keenly anticipated.

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