One point separated Ellerslie and Foundation at the final whistle of their Co-operators General Insurance-sponsored National Sports Council’s Under-16 Secondary Schools Basketball clash at Church Hill, Christ Church last Friday evening.
A match that was close throughout and saw a number of lead changes, ended with Foundation winning 44-43 after leading 17-16 at the half-time break.
Mikkail Brathwaite and Tre Best with 14 points each, led the Foundation School offence in a game where the shooting of both teams was somewhat below par.
Ellerslie’s Akeil Straker led all scorers with 15 points but got little other offensive help.
Deighton Griffith got a severe hiding at their home court losing 90-28 to a merciless Graydon Sealy who virtually toyed with the Kingsland, Christ Church school. Deighton Griffith managed 14 points in each half while at the break Graydon Sealy had scored a whopping 62 points. However, they noticeably took their feet off the gas in the second half of the game.
Leading the way for the winners were the talented trio of Andrew Ifill (33 points), Amal Smith (28) and Shaquan Newton (28). Joshua Marshall had 14 points for Deighton Griffith.
Combermere, a shadow of the team from last year, were mauled by The Lodge School 42-15 at their Waterford, St. Michael home court. So futile was Combermere’s efforts in the first-half that they managed a miserly nine points. The Lodge did slightly better going for 15, but picked up the pace significantly in the second half. Combermere went from bad to worse in the second half. Deshawn Clarke had 12 points and Ramon Collymore netted 10 for the winners.
In another game at Belleplaine, St. Andrew, The St. Michael School defeated Alleyne School 22-15 in a low-scoring affair.