Pinelands take Summer Jam title

National youth player Rasheed Maynard fired a game high 29 points against Clapham A, to lead Pinelands to a first time claim of the Barbados Amateur Basketball Association’s Summer Jam Under-19 title last night at Barbados Community College.

Named Most Valuable Player of the Knockout, Maynard, the son of the late national forward Ryan ‘Sam’ Maynard, is clearly following in the footsteps of his father and gave those in the Barbados Community College last night a glimpse of what to expect in the not-too-distant future.

Maynard was able to free his arms from opposite sides of the court in what was a high scoring encounter that went in favour of Pinelands 98-84 (30-22, 53-36, 73-63) against a team comprising of quality youth players and former Graydon Sealy schoolboys Andrew Ifill, Shaquan Newton and Amal Smith.

The successful Pinelands team with coach Renaldo Maughan at right. MVP Rasheed Maynard is third right.

Speaking with Barbados TODAY after the game, 17-year-old Maynard, currently studying electrical engineering at the Samuel Jackman Prescod Polytechnic said: “I put in a lot of work to get where I am now. When I was young my father always pushed me extremely hard, he was always hard on me to get better, so since he passed away, I fight harder, so his efforts would not go to waste.”

It goes without saying, the future for Pinelands looks very bright with Maynard to contend with along with the versatile Kiserian Adams who tallied 22 points and the skillful Deroni Hurley, the younger brother of Pinelands Premier League point guard Derion Hurley who contributed 17 points, and Renico Brewster who netted nine. They all combined well, with Adams earlier on in the match being able to utilize his fairly long strides to drive through Clapham’s defence quite easily. Maynard and Hurley fed off that momentum later in the game.

Kiserian Adams (center) of Pinelands made driving through Clapham A’s defence look all too easy.

Clapham depended heavily on Ifill, who did well to press the opposition’s defence, using his intimidating physique to rip through Pinelands’ defence for a game high 26 points. However, he fouled out with limited time to play in the fourth and decisive quarter. Newton scored 21 points and Shaquan Carrington had 11 but they just could not stop the attack of Pinelands’ shooters.

Adams who scored 36 points playing for Schoolboys in the BABA Premier League against the senior men’s team of Pinelands earlier this year, was definitely a trump card for Pinelands Under-19, along with the duo of Maynard and Hurley. Coming into yesterday’s match Clapham knew the capabilities of Adams, but still afforded him too much breathing room with the ball. Clapham supporters also voiced their disgust towards referee Reco Watson who they felt erred frequently with his decision-making.

Clapham’s defence left a lot to be desired with their centers Amal Smith and Darren Nurse, both over six feet tall, allowing a number of rebounds to evade their grasp.  

Victorious coach of Pinelands, Renaldo Maughn, said hard work was the key to his team’s success with strength work being one of their main focuses.

“I told Kiserian [Adams], nobody can stop you in this league, Andrew would come close because he is strong. But if you take him off the dribble he can’t recover in time because you are that quick and I told him that and that is what he exploited here tonight, he is fantastic,” Maughn said elatedly.

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