The Barbados Community College kept their perfect record intact yesterday evening with a hard-earned 65-61 victory over Harrison College in their National Sports Council’s United Insurance-sponsored Senior Schools Basketball Tournament match-up at Crumpton Street, St Michael.
The match was an exciting affair where points differentiation throughout hardly went into double figures. Harrison College, on the strength of good offensive play from the consistent Nikolai Burton, and solid defence from all five players that happened to be on the court at any juncture, pushed the BCC throughout
But the BCC responded with their premier option Kelan Phillips having another excellent showing on both ends of the court. The two teams traded baskets for long periods in the game, with the home side’s supporters cheering every basket or defensive stop which the third-placed Harrison College made.
But the BCC are not the hot favourites to win the tournament by accident, and they showed their resilience every time the hosts made a run at them.
Phillips led all scorers with 19 points and in addition to Stephan Ottley who chipped in with 13, BCC got very timely points from their bench every time there was a threat.Burton had 18 points in a solid offensive showing with Anand Joseph Thorne and Runako Boyce scoring 11 and 10 points respectively.
At the half-time break BCC led the hosts 29-27.Playing at Clapham, the Samuel Jackman Prescod Polytechnic maintained their second spot on the division one table with a 72-63 win over Combermere.P
erhaps stronger defence by Combermere might have made it an even closer game as SJPP had a few gifted opportunities in the paint that resulted in points. Again Nicolas Rouse led their attack with 18 points and this output was matched by the highly promising Ashley Smith with Denzil Bowen, 12 points, and Taurean Miller, 11, adding to their school’s efforts.Combermere’s dynamic duo Jamario Clarke with 17 points and Jimal Singh, 16, were the main scorers for Combermere with David King netting 12. S
JPP enjoyed a seven-point lead (30-23) at the half and Combermere could never quite manage to narrow that gap.At Queens College, both Jerome Stuart and Kirkley Carter scored 12 points apiece as the home side blew-out Foundation 56-35. Incredibly, two players, Jabari Austin (16 points) and Roland Arthur (10 points) virtually scored all of Foundation points with their team-mates seemingly just making up the numbers.
At The Lodge School, a thrillfest ended in a nail-biting 56-55 win for The Lodge over St Michael School. The two teams are on the bottom half of the league table but produced one of the more exciting games of the competition. Nicanor Maughan led The Lodge’s scoring with 20 points and Tremaine Shoey helped out with 13, while Derion Hurley had a futile, game-high 25 points for St Michael’s and played like a champion. Cameron Blackman chipped in with 13.The Lodge School went into the half-time break leading 30-25.