Graydon Sealy continued their winning ways when they hammered Ellerslie 84-37 in the United Insurance-sponsored Nationbal Sports Council’s Senior Schools Basketball Competition at their Paddock Road, St Michael home court yesterday evening.
Both teams were coming off victories from the previous day, Ellerslie against Lester Vaughan, and Graydon Sealy against Alexandra, but the momentum of those wins seemed to rest with only one squad. While Graydon Sealy’s offence clicked from tip-off, Ellerslie simply could not get their act together. And to add to their offensive woes, slack defence often led to uncontested baskets being scored by the hosts. The previous day Antoine Morris had perhaps played the game of the tournament, but though he was his team’s hot hand with 15 points, he was not quite the offensive threat he was against the admittedly weaker Lester Vaughan.
Graydon Sealy had five players in double-figures as they scored from the perimeter and frequently off slashing drives through the key. Andrew Ifill again led the offence with 20 points, while the usual suspects Ammuniki Wood (17 points), Jarad Grant (14), Shaquan Newton (12) and Amal Smith (11) were his willing accomplices. The hosts led 42-15 at half-time and it never got any easier for Ellerslie.
Akeem Marshall put Foundation School on his talented shoulders and almost got them the win against The St. Michael School at Martindale’s Road, but in the end, a lack of offensive support saw the Christ Church school being beaten 56-48.Marshall had a game-high 35 points and also played solid defence but the adrenalin that was flowing through him seemed not to impact on his team-mates as none of them really stepped up their game.
Derion Hurley with 25 points and Cameron Blackman, 15, led the offence for the hosts. St. Michael’s led 2916 at the half.
Other scores (half-time score in brackets): At Eyrie: Barbados Community College 48 (31) Orion Seale 9, Keelan Phillips 8, Jare Alleyne 8 Lodge 29 (12) Niconor Maughn 12At Clapham: SJPP 47 (25) Denzil Bovell 10,Ashley Smith 15,Nicholas Rouse 14 Harrison College 49 (30) Chioke Holder 11, Joel Hunte 13, Runako Boyce 11