Smalta Pinelands won their first national title in eight years when they defeated Warriors in the Co-operators General Insurance Premier League Basketball Knockout Finals at the Barbados Community College on Saturday night.
Jeremy Gill, who has made a monumental difference to the Pinelands’ team sheet, scored a game-high 32 points which ensured Pinelands captured the title with a 69-57 victory.
Despite the 12-point victory Pinelands were not allowed to dominate the match as the Warriors fought gallantly for large periods of the game. They flattered to deceive, though, when they scored the first four points of the match. But thereafter they missed 57 of their 78 shots from the floor in a poor offensive display.
At the end of the first half Pinelands lead 32-25. The third quarter was played at a snail’s pace but Pinelands still maintained a lead
for the majority of this period.
Warriors cut the lead into single digits (50-42) during the middle of the quarter but did not make enough defensive stops to thwart Pinelands’ victory charge.
The final quarter was perhaps the most exciting of the game with the two teams exchanging baskets. But again this simply was not good enough for Warriors who had too many defensive lapses which invariably led to baskets for Pinelands, especially Gill. Pinelands scored 17 points to the Warriors 15 in final quarter and this basically sealed the deal for the winners.
Gill was ably assisted by Junior Gill who scored ten points and also had ten rebounds.
Nicholai Williams had the hot hands for Warriors finishing with a team-high 20 points.