A clash of two unbeaten, top-of-the-table teams is supposed to be a close, exciting affair.
Tell that to the Barbados Community College.
Yesterday evening at the BCC’s Eyrie, St. Michael home court, the Samuel Jackman Prescod Polytechnic went, they saw, and they got slaughtered.
It was the United Insurance-sponsored National Sports Council’s Senior Schools Basketball Tournament’s heavyweight clash that never was, as the BCC annihilated the SJPP 74-45 in a completely lop-sided encounter.
The first half lived up to the expectations of the supporters of both teams present at BCC, as well as the courtside pundits. The exciting talent that is Kelan Phillips was basically at the centre of every offensive effort of the hosts, while Denzil Bovell, Ashley Smith and Nicholas Rouse spread the offensive responsibilities evenly among themselves.
The two teams initially exchanged baskets with several missed opportunities on both sides and resultant low shooting percentages. The half-time 27-26 score in favour of SJPP would have given supporters of the visitors reason for optimism in the second half and simultaneously stoked the fire of the hosts.
What transpired in the second half was a blow-out as SJPP fell to pieces in every aspect of the game. Their offence was poor and their defence abysmal. Philips, with the assistance of Jare Alleyne and Stephan Ottley, tormented SJPP in the paint and with their perimeter shooting, most of the time with limited or flat-footed defence with which to contend.The game was basically decided within seven minutes of the second half with Philips and Alleyne reeling off points in quick succession without matched response. The SJPP’s exercise in futility was exemplified by the fact that they managed a mere 18 points after the resumption while BCC rained down 48 points – more than SJPP’s total game production.
Phillips finished with a game high 21 points, Alleyne scored 16 and Ottley 10 for the winners, while Bovell (10), Smith (10) and Rouse (11) were the leading scorers for the visitors. The offensive assistance which these three would have welcomed never materialised from their colleagues and their defence was left basically in Pine/Wildey.
At Combermere, the home team’s dynamic duo of Jamario Clarke and Jimal Singh had the hot hands once again, combining for 53 points as their school defeated The Lodge School 77-30 in what was for all intent and purposes a walk in the park.
Clarke is quite an imposing figure on the court and while Singh might not have the same physical presence, his speed more than compensates for the muscle deficit.
Clarke had a game-high 29 points and Singh chipped in with 24 as they frequently drove through the key, blazed along the base-line or simply pulled up for jump shots. They scored at will against the over-matched St John school that has basically struggled throughout the tournament so far. Leon Ward and the promising Nicanor Maughan both scored 11 points for the visitors.
At Harrison College, the Crumpton Street school scored an easy 60-32 victory over Foundation. Nikolai Burton, who went into a scoring lull at one stage in the competition, was at his competitive best sinking 18 points, while Anand Joseph-Thorne, Chioke Holder and Runako Boyce each chipped in with 10 points.
Akeem Marshall led Foundation’s offensive efforts with 19 points.
At Martindale’s Road, The St Michael School competed against Queen’s College for most of the first-half but ran out of steam, and ideas, in the second-half, as the Husbands, St James school won 60-47.
Derion Hurley had a game-high 22 points for St Michael’s but had little help on the offensive end from his team-mates.Spreading the offensive responsibilities was not a problem for Queen’s College as Kirkley Carter, 16 points, Nicholas Grannum, 16, and Ryan Hall, 11, each stepped up when there was a requirement to nullify any offensive burst from their opponents. (WG)