combermere defeat st. michael school ahead of showdown with sjpp
Combermere got a valuable workout ahead of their December 5 semi-finals clash with the Samuel Jackman Prescod Polytechnic, when they defeated The St. Michael School 52-45 in the United Insurance-sponsored National Sports Council’s Senior Schools Basketball Tournament yesterday.
Playing at Martindales Road, the visitors, led by Jimal Singh, withstood a spirited second-half effort by St Michael after having most of the running in the first-half. Combermere rushed out to an early lead and maintained their dominance throughout the quarter with Singh, who had a game-high 16 points, continuing the form that he has shown from the start of the tournament.
Combermere led by a comfortable 12 points at the break (30/18) and most fans at courtside expected a blowout. But it never came as opportunity was given to many on the Combermere bench. St Michael stepped up their intensity in the second-half and it paid off as they narrowed the deficit considerably, even if they could not get over the final hurdle.
Harrison College, like Combermere, are also into the Division 1 semi-finals, and they used the opportunity to send a message to defending champions Barbados Community College whom they will meet, by thrashing The Lodge School 52-33 at Crumpton Street. Nikolai Burton led the hosts’ offence with 13 points. The Lodge School were down by a mere four points (25-21) at the half-time whistle but fell away badly afterwards.
At Eyrie, the Barbados Community College got 18 points from Stephan Ottley, 12 from the consistent Kelan Phillips and 11 from Jare Aleyne as they easily defeated Queen’s College 68-51. The BCC led 32-14 at the break but in the second period the visitors went on a virtual tear and even outscored the BCC but their abject performance in the first-half had provided too huge a deficit to overcome. Kirkley Carter led Queen’s College with 19 points, while Alejandro Boxill netted 13.