Harrison College travelled to the Barbados Community College yesterday evening perhaps wary that the traditionally strong BCC would be a major obstacle
They were right.
In a display of total domination the BCC drubbed Harrison College 61-33 as action heated up in the United Insurance-sponsored National Sports Council’s Secondary Schools Senior Basketball Competition.
The BCC, which normally gets a collection of the better players from the secondary schools, were all over the Crumpton Street, St. Michael school from jump-ball. They scored at will with their points spread evenly among their frontcourt.
Kelan Phillips led all scorers with 16 points, while Stephan Ottley had 15. Former St. Michael School stand-out player Orion Seale chipped in with 10 points.
Harrison College’s offence never got clicking and they were held to a dismal 13 points in the first half, due primarily to solid defence from the Eyrie, St. Michael institution and their own lacklustre ball-handling. Anand Thorne’s 8 points was as good as it got for Harrison College.
At Waterford, Combermere’s boisterous sixth man – the home crowd – could not quite get them over the hurdle as they went down 64-58 to the Samuel Jackman Prescod Polytechnic in a thrilling affair.
It was a close game throughout that was decided in the end by the team that showed the most composure down the stretch and that proved to be SJPP.
At half-time the score was 33-29 in the visitors’ favour, with the consistent and highly promising Jamario Clarke and his trusted side-kick Jimal Singh leading Combermere’s offensive efforts, and Nicholas Rouse proving to be just as potent a weapon as the Waterford duo.
The second -half of the game followed the same pattern as the first with single digits basically separating the teams throughout. Down the stretch, Rouse got a bit more assistance on the offensive end than Clarke and Singh, with Ashley Smith (15 points) and Denzil Bovell (10 points) stepping up their game.
With the clock ticking down and the side-line urging on Combermere, the Wildey, St. Michael institution held their nerve to come away with an important win. Clarke finished with a game-high 27 points and Singh, 19.
At Church Hill, Queen’s College were leading 43-27 when a downpour in the third quarter brought proceedings to an end. That match is to be completed.
At Martindale’s Road, The St. Michael School had an exciting 49-44 win over The Lodge School where, at half-time, the score was 20-18 in favour of the hosts. The Lodge School’s Nicanor Maughan and Jamal Hunter led all-scorers with 12 points apiece, but this was not enough to overcome a St. Michael squad where almost every player chipped in with some timely baskets.
Christian Halliday led their scoring with 10 points.