It was a thrill-fest yesterday evening as St Leonard’s Secondary defeated Ellerslie 49-46 in an exciting match-up, as action continued in the United Insurance-sponsored National Sports Council’s Secondary Schools Senior Basketball competition.
Playing at Ellerslie, Antoine Lawrence led the visitors’ offensive efforts with a game-high 22 points that balanced out a total team effort by the game Ellerslie team. The home side led at the half 18-14 but Lawrence engineered a furious effort in the second period that was helped by a number of turn-overs by the Ellerslie team.
Kadeem Bratwhaite led the scoring for Ellerslie with 13 points and received good assistance from the hard-working Antoine Morris with 12 points and Deshawn Hunte who poured in 10 points.
At Lester Vaughan, the home side came up against perennial powerhouse Graydon Sealy Secondary (formerly Garrison) and were simply overwhelmed 60-33.
Graydon Sealy never trailed and opened up a sizeable first-half lead that they never relinquished. At the break the visitors led by a huge 34-12 margin and though the home team showed more urgency and control on the offensive end to almost double their first-half output, they were never really a factor.
Amal Smith scored 14 points, the talented Andrew Ifill with basketball in his genes notched 14 as well, Ammuniki Wood tallied 13 and Shaquan Neweton had ten points for the victors, while Brett Williams worked his socks off for his team, netting 16 points.