Just days after a weak performance against The Lodge School, Combermere rebounded to register a close 49-44 win over Frederick Smith at their Waterford, St. Michael home court, as action continued in the Co-operators General Insurance-sponsored National Sports Council’s Secondary Schools Under-16 Basketball Tournament yesterday evening.
After a 15-point game performance at Waterford on Friday, the home side performed with greater pluck yesterday but would still be concerned that their offensive effort was basically a one-man tour de force.
Christopher Collymore exploded for 34 of his team’s 49 points while most of his team-mates appeared content with leaving the effort of getting the ball into the hoop to him.
Combermere had a comfortable 27-11 lead at half-time and were somewhat fortunate that the visitors could not overhaul the points differentiation in the second period. The Trents, St. James school came storming back after the game’s resumption and on the strength of the efforts of Rasheed Maynard and Ashton Corbin gave Combermere a definite scare. They managed to score 33 points after the break, while getting plenty stops on Combermere and limiting them to 22 points. In the end, though, it was a hill just too steep for the visitors to climb.Maynard had 16 points while Corbin added 14. Other than Collymore no other Combermerian got into double figures.
They might have thrashed Combermere on Friday away from the comfort of their own Massiah Street court, but home advantage meant little for The Lodge School yesterday when they went down 56-49 in a good match-up against Lester Vaughan in St. John.
The Lodge School had even greater cause to feel peeved, after blowing a 12-point advantage at the half-time whistle when they led the Cane Garden, St. Thomas school 29-17.
Whatever instructions Lester Vaughan got from their coach worked wonders as they returned to the court with more energy on both ends of the court, especially Brent Williams.
Lester Vaughan reeled off 39 points during the remainder of the game with Williams leading the way with 19 and getting good assistance from the consistent Brandon Hope (13) and Shavon Brooks (10). The Lodge School managed a meagre 20 points with only Runako Foster making an impression on the offensive end. He finished with 19 points.