Barbados Hilton Resort Warriors Sports Club held on for a rousing 77-71 triumph when they met table leaders Barbados Lumber Company Lakers last night at the Wildey Gymnasium.
That win was just what Warriors’ coach Frederick Bynoe ordered as his team now move onto 15 points, one point behind the Lakers following round two of the ongoing Co-operators General Insurance Barbados Amateur Basketball Premier League yesterday.
Warriors held their nerves to maintain a slight but important 26-21, 40-38 and 54-53 advantage after the first three stanzas. Small forward Jamar Headley top-scored with 18 points for Warriors despite having a few frustrating moments where he failed to catch the ball due to wet palms.
Despite his challenges gripping the ball, Headley was able to net eight out of 20 two-point shots along with two free throws and as usual played good defence having accounted for five defensive and four offensive rebounds.
Also contributing to Warriors score sheet were captain Kareem Farrell and forward Justin Pile with 12 points each. Center Ricardo Toussaint had ten points in the game and so too did point guard Tramane Shaw who continues to struggle somewhat this season. Those were the only ones to make it into double digits with Nicholai Williams, eight, Shaquan Newton, four, and Kevin John, one, adding to the effort.
It was a collective effort from Warriors who played good defence grabbing a total of 60 rebounds in the game. They were much stronger defensively with 36 rebounds while the other 24 were on the offensive end. Lakers, on the other hand, had 32 defensive rebounds and 17 offensive which proved to be their own unmaking.
John Jones had the highest number of rebounds for Lakers with 14 but a player of his stature should have had a lot more defensive rebounds, but it just wasn’t his night having fouled out in the fourth and decisive quarter.
Credit to Jones, however, for playing strong offensive basketball before his departure which earned him 17 points in the game. This production was second best to forward Mark Bridgeman who tallied 23 points and had ten rebounds as well. Lakers’ point guards Keefe Birkett scored 14 points in the contest, Adrian Allman supported with nine, Ormond Haynes managed four and two points each came from Andre Boadu and Ricardo Jemmott.
With the scores being locked on numerous occasions during the game, the contest was destined to go either way and with the game being tied at 71-71 yet again with less than a minute to play, Warriors broke the deadlock through Headley and played a good defensive game to ensure they captured the six-point contest.
Urban Vybz St John Sonics continues to find the going tough as they lost 80-72 to Pan American International Life Insurance Warrens in last night’s opening fixture. Warrens led 20-16, 40-31 and 56-53 after the first three quarters before scrambling a win against the struggling Sonics side who are clearly missing the big man Akeem Marsh currently overseas on a professional stint.
Romaine Lovell pulled off a game-high 20 points and received great assistance from Jamar King and Stefan Clarke who both scored 13 points each in a losing cause for Sonics.
Manuel Alleng top-scored for Warrens with 19 points inclusive of three treys, and there were also 15 points coming from Greig Springer.
As it stands Lakers and Warriors have so far played nine matches each with the former having seven wins while Warriors have six. The point standings are close with Station Hill Cavaliers now in third position on 14 points having featured in eight games and won six. They are just one point ahead of KFC Orange Three Pinelands and Pan American International Insurance Corporation Warrens Sports Club who are both on 13 each. Sonics are on 11 points while Combined Schools Tridents and Burger King Clapham Bulls are on ten points each.