Combermere did a woeful job defending their home court yesterday evening when they were beaten 37-29 by Queen’s College as action in the Co-operators General Insurance-sponsored National Sports Council’s Secondary Schools Basketball Competition continued.
Playing at Waterford, Queen’s College held Combermere to a paltry five points in the first-half as the Waterford side’s offensive game never took shape. Jamon Phillips did his best on both ends of the court but got little help from his team-mates. Queen’s College ended the half with a 24-5 lead, thanks to scoring shared among their starters.
Queen’s College took their feet off the gas somewhat in the second half scoring a mere 13 points while Combermere showed greater enterprise both on offence and defence. They actually out-scored the Husbands, St James side 24-13. Phillips led all-scorers with 15 points while Makaari Jones led Queen’s College’s efforts with ten points.
At Martindale’s Road, the St Michael School defeated Foundation 46-28 with Kadeem Douglas and Nathaniel Waithe having an excellent game for their respective schools. But basketball is a team sport and while Douglas got help from his team-mates, Waithe was virtually the lone ranger. Douglas scored 20 points while Dia Parris and O’Shannon Vaughan chipped in with 16 and ten respectively.
Waithe accounted for 25 of his team’s points in a sterling effort. Foundation were cold in the first-half, managing three points, and at times seeming fortunate to score those. However, it was the Waithe show in the second half when Foundation outscored St Michael’s but found the 31-3 half-time deficit a mountain too steep to climb.
At Ellerslie, the home side defeated Lester Vaughan 57-20 with the visitors suffering the ignominy of playing the first-half without scoring
a single point. The half-time score read 35-0. Jamali Holder netted 24 for the winners, while Delano Watson added 10 points. For Lester Vaughan Chris Harewood had 12 points.