Ellerslie and Lester Vaughan have advanced to the finals of the United Insurance-sponsored National Sports Council’s Secondary Schools Division 2 Basketball Tournament.
In a thrilling battle this evening against St. Leonard’s at the Barbados Community College, Ellerslie emerged victorious 59-57 in a match that went down to the proverbial wire.†Had it not been for a few fouls in the dying minutes of the game, the score-line might have read totally different at the final buzzer.
Ellerslie’s efforts were largely buoyed by Antoine Morris who finished with a game-high 31 points and played brilliantly at both ends of the court. Morris attacked the basket at every opportunity, and was not afraid to use his size advantage to power to the hoop. He received solid support from Kadeem Brathwaithe, who had a very good passing game on the evening as well as chipped in with 12 crucial points, mostly scored at important stages of the game.
Although St. Leonard’s fought manfully in the final quarter, it was a case of leaving too much at the end to do as they trailed in every quarter. The St. Leonard’s boys paid the price for making too many unforced turnovers and showing a lack of patience in their build-up play. They rushed jump shots at the top of the key a few times too many and these resulted in easy possessions for Ellerslie off defensive rebounds. Frequently, Ellerslie turned these possessions into points at the other end of the court.
St. Leonard’s Antoine Lawrence had quite an impressive game with a team-high 26 points. Bryan Neverson and Omar Maughan contributed to the cause with ten points each, but in the end, they fell just agonisingly short.
In the second semi-final of the evening, Lester Vaughan had a much easier time of it when they defeated Graydon Sealy 42-32.
John Shane Howard led Lester Vaughan with 10 points in a display where all his team-mates chipped in with important points at key moments without any of them really dominating on the offensive end.
For Graydon Sealy Ammuniki Wood had a game-high 16 points. Amal Smith had one of his worse showings of the season, scoring only seven points in the game. Lester Vaughan led 24-18 at the half-time break.††††