PINELANDS DRAW LEVEL IN PREMIER LEAGUE SHOWDOWN
Reigning champions Orange Three Pinelands came from behind last night to lock the Barbados Amateur Basketball Association’s Premier League best of five series finals against Pan American Insurance Warrens at 1-1 with a 59-56 win. The win was in large measure thanks to a game-high 25 points from power forward Junior Moore.
Playing at the Wildey Gymnasium, Warrens, who won the opening game,were unable to make it two in a row after a close tussle that had quarters that ended 12-12, 28-28, 46-45 and finally the 59-56 end. Pinelands had the services of their top guard Jeremy Gill who was forced to miss the first game due to a left shoulder injury.
Pinelands and Warrens produced an enthralling contest with Gill playing with an injured shoulder and Warrens point guard Andre Lockhart trying to keep him at bay. Small forward George Farrell top scored with 12 points for Warrens while five other players scored eight points each in a losing cause, among them being Lockhart, Adrian Allman, Manuel Alleng, Jamar King and Greig Springer.
Warrens were up 10-8 in the first quarter but Moore scored two to lock the scores at ten. Farrell responded with two for Warrens to put them back in the lead but Halley Franklyn who did not play in the first game after receiving two technical fouls in the semifinal game against Hilton Resort Warriors scored two vital free throws just seconds before the opening quarter finished to lock the scores at 12.
When the second quarter commenced Warrens were without Lockhart who conceded four fouls with three of those coming in the first quarter and forcing him to sit out that quarter. Power forward Dario Cumberbatch who contributed seven points overall to the total scored a free throw to break the tie. Gill, however, hit a three-pointer to move Pinelands up 15 but Farrell had an answer for Warrens with three of his own which put them on 16.
It seemed at that stage that the men on the court were only dealing in threes as Peter Alleyne and Allman joined the fun and scored respective three pointers that give Warrens a clear advantage at 22 and that swelled quickly to 28.
Moore had a good night for Pinelands and he scored 14 of his 25 in that quarter and was instrumental in them pulling the game back against their opponents. Gill with a good pass to Vanderpool made a last second surge to lock the scores at 28 as the half-time approached. That duo ended on seven points each along with eight from Ramon Simmons.
In the penultimate quarter Warrens decided to bring back their top player Lockhart. Moore gave Pinelands the lead with two but Springer made it 30-30 and it was at that stage things got interesting. Pinelands were up 39-38 and Allman nailed a three pointer to give them the lead on 41. Moore attacked Warrens’ defence and found two to make it 41-41 but Lockhart put his side back in the lead 43-41. But yet again Pinelands had an answer, this time through their captain Vanderpool and they locked the scores at 43.
Lockhart picked up another foul in the third quarter and this time on Simmons who buried his two free throws and gave Pinelands the advantage 45-43. Simmons seemed to have a bull’s eye on his person as he attracted foul after foul and another infringement saw him netting one of two from the charity strip.
Warrens needed some momentum to take the lead and head into the decisive quarter with the advantage but they only found two points through King who was fouled and that carried their tally to 45, one point behind Pinelands.
The final quarter started well for Pinelands who extended their lead through Vanderpool’s two-pointer. Lockhart and King then scored two each which allowed Warrens to take the lead on 49 but that did not last too long as Moore scored two of his own to put Pinelands back out front on 50 and from there the men from the Pine just advanced their lead and never looked back.
In the division one final played at the same venue, Newbury tied the series at 1-1 with a 64 – 56 victory over Patriots. The quarters ended 18-14, 26-34 and 49-38.
Newbury’s Stevenson Callender had a game-high 21 points along with 15 from Kevin Patterson.
Andre Stoute and Jehnard Brewster both had 11 for Patriots.