Cougars run over Bulls

The Barbados Amateur Basketball Association #1 Beauty Supply and Exchange Women’s League competition has been hit with the sudden withdrawal of Challengers Sports Club from the tournament.

This has left the takings to be decided among the five remaining teams, namely defending champions Preferred Insurance Brokers Pinelands, Burger King Clapham Bulls, Lady Cougars, Lady Tridents and Fusionz Boutique Lady Cavaliers.

The circumstances that led management and players of Challengers to opt out of this year’s competition is unknown but had the game been contested, they were scheduled to take on former queens and the ever dominant Fusionz Boutique Lady Cavaliers in the 8 p.m. fixture at Clapham, St Michael.

Cougars point guard Toni Atherley (left) hits the backboard for a successful layup over Antonia Baptiste and Lavern Durant of Burger King Clapham Bulls. (Picture by Morissa Lindsay)

The opening game between hosts Burger King Clapham Bulls and Lady Cougars did however come off and it was Cougars, coached by Dexter Griffith, that stamped their authority with a comfortable 62-30 victory over the Bulls.

At the conclusion of one hour and 12 minutes of playing time, Cougars led the first three stanzas convincingly 16-5, 34-12 and 42-21 as the second round of matches continued.

Former Barbados point guard Toni Atherley has consistently starred for Cougars and last night was no different as she netted a game-high 20 points inclusive of six two-pointers and two three-pointers. She also pulled down 12 rebounds with eight on the defensive end. It was really a good night for Atherley who also had five assists and two steals.

The only other player to register double figures for Cougars was  Tiffany Thorpe with 14. Melissa Branch had eight points, Sade Haynes scored six and Wanda Small and Jennifer Joseph- Hackett added four each for Cougars.

Clapham Bulls were just as effective inside the post area and rebounded very well but failed to convert those chances into points. They had a total of 35 rebounds, three fewer than Cougars, but not enough resulting productivity.

Antonia Baptiste was the shining light for Bulls with 13 points. Janiece Clarke added seven points and Tracy Austin chipped in with six.

Having secured a commanding 21-point lead heading into the fourth and decisive quarter, Cougars raked in their highest lead of 34 (58-24) and their biggest scoring run (34-12). Cougars had a whopping 42 points in the paint compared to 18 by their opponents. And as it related to the number of points scored from turnovers, Cougars also topped the list with 26 while Bulls had a mere nine.

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