Graydon Sealy confirmed their position as the top seed in the Co-operators General Insurance Company Limited-sponsored National Sports Council’s Under-16 Secondary Schools Basketball Tournament with a demolition job on Queen’s College at Husband’s, St. James today.
The Cane Garden, St. Thomas, with power houses Andrew Ifill and Shaquan Newton again to the fore, defeated the home side 61-39 in another dominant display
Not only were the visitors strong on the offensive end, they also played excellent defence and managed to limit Queen’s College high-flying Kieron Savoury to 13 points, which under normal circumstances would have been a productive evening, but against the Graydon Sealy juggernaut, Queen’s College needed a bit more from him
Graydon Sealy led 32-19 at the break with Newton proving unstoppable. He went for 27 points with an assortment of moves to the basket and deft outside shooting. Ifill gave him able assistance with 15 points.
Savoury’s main ally on the offensive end was Nykell Wilson who scored 12 points.
At Martindale’s Road, Combermere overcame fellow strugglers The St. Michael School 42-27. It was an improved performance from the Waterford, St. Michael lads, compared to their last two outings. But once again their offence was overly dependent on the admirable Christopher Collymore who led all-scorers with 23 points.
This failure to spread the offensive responsibilities has lead to problems for Combermere against stronger teams.
For St. Michael Kadeem Douglas and O’Shannon Vaughan each had 10 points. Combermere basically won the game after the half-time whistle when they upped the tempo after going into the break with a two-points (15-13) deficit.
At Church Hill, Foundation continued their good run with a comfortable 42-31 victory over the visiting Harrison College after leading 25-15 at the break.
Nathaniel Waithe, 12 points, Tre Bartlett, 12, and Mikail Brathwaite, 10, led the Christ Church school’s offensive efforts. No one made double figures for the visitors.
At Trents, St. James, Frederick Smith were no match for Lester Vaughan, going down 55-36. Brett Williams had 20 points for the winners while Kalvin Marcus chipped in with 16 points. Jonathan Dottin and Ashton Corbin scored 15 and 10 points respectively for the hosts.
After today’s matches, Lester Vaughan have been confirmed as second seed and Foundation, third. The winner of the Queen’s College, Harrison College clash on Monday will determine the fourth seed.