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Sonics lose to UWI in league matchup

University of the West Indies (UWI) Blackbirds’ shooting guard Nikita President top scored with 17 points as they defeated Urban Vybz St John Sonics 53-30 in the No. 1 Beauty Supplies and Beauty Exchange-sponsored Barbados Amateur Basketball Association Women’s League last night at the Garfield Sobers Sports Complex.

UWI rebounded well from their defeat on Tuesday night against reigning queens Station Hill Cavaliers to defeat the Sonics and that came as no surprise as UWI commanded the first three quarters 12-5, 30-11 and 43-17.

University of the West Indies’ Nikita President watches as she sinks this basket. (Pictures by Morissa Lindsay)
University of the West Indies’ Nikita President watches as she sinks this basket. (Pictures by Morissa Lindsay)

Despite a contribution of 11 points from Sonics’ hardworking Chantal Husbands and ten by Rosalind Davis, they could not stop UWI who were especially good on defence with Tiffany Thorpe, Keisha Corbin and Sade Haynes playing outstandingly.

An indicator of how tough the going was for Sonics was demonstrated when at one stage they scored a mere eight points from 52 attempts at the basket in the game.

Urban Vybz St John Sonics’ top scorer Chantal Husbands being  heavily guarded by University of West Indies’ defence.
Urban Vybz St John Sonics’ top scorer Chantal Husbands being heavily guarded by University of West Indies’ defence.

After UWI got off to a good start in the first half, Sonics needed to up their game at some point and Husbands answered their call with a two-pointer to move the St John ladies on to 14.

That call was answered only for so long, though, as UWI responded well through President who tallied ten points in that quarter while Sonics only scored six to put the score at 43-17. Sonics found it difficult to get past the university ladies though Sade Haynes delighted with a nifty fake move that resulted in a two-pointer.

With the score on 52-27 and time running out Davis launched and connected on a long three-pointer on the buzzer to put Sonics on 30 points but there was a sense of futility about it all.

In the other women’s game reigning queens Station Hill Cavaliers won 65-54 over Challengers. Shooting guard Maria Cumberbatch continued her impressive form with a game-high 22 points along with 18 from point guard Ria Phillips and 13 from centre Astrid Alleyne.

The scores were tied at en at the end of the first quarter. Cavaliers then led at the second and third quarter breaks 29-19, 47-40. With just seven points deficit leading into the fourth and decisive quarter Challengers might have felt they were in with a chance but Cavaliers never let up and scored 18 points compared to their 14 to put the game away.

Women’s action resumes tomorrow at the Barbados Community College at 4 p.m.

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