Graydon Sealy rebounded from last week’s narrow loss to Ellerslie with a hard-fought 65-51 victory over Lester Vaughan at their Paddock Road, St Michael court yesterday, when action continued in the National Sports Council’s Massy United Insurance-sponsored Schools Basketball Competition.
Once again Graydon Sealy owed their victory primarily to the offensive threat of Andrew Ifill and Shaquan Newton who notched 24 and 21 points respectively.
The 11-point win was a bit of an aberration though, as Lester Vaughan dominated the first-half of the game which ended with the Cane Garden, St Thomas school having a nine-point advantage at 35-24. Brandon Hope and Zachary Cave were at the forefront of their offensive efforts while Graydon Sealy got off to a rather slow start.
Whatever pep-talks that transpired from the coaches at the half-time break resulted in a reversal of fortunes as Lester Vaughan went into such a slump that they managed a mere 16 points in the second-half while Graydon Sealy stepped up their intensity on both defence and offence.
Graydon Sealy completely dominated the second-half with the hard-working Justin Pile adding to the visitors’ difficulties with a number of timely interceptions and 10 points.
Hope had 16 points, Cave tallied 13 and Kalvin Marcus completed a solid game with 11.
Ellerslie travelled to Trents, St James and easily disposed of Frederick Smith 63-42. They ended the first-half with a 42-17 advantage but then got rather complacent in the second half as Frederick Smith outscored them 25-21. But the hill was too steep for the St. James school to scale. Jehu Lafueille was a tower of strength on both ends of the court, playing stout defence and adding a game-high 16 points.
In a low-scoring game at Nesfield, St Lucy, home side Darryl Jordan Secondary eked out a narrow 35-32 win over Deighton Griffith. Joshua Marshall had an outstanding game but finished on the losing side while scoring half of the visitors’ points. Teammate Jahmai White netted 12 to make it 28 between the two and virtually nothing from the rest of the Deighton Griffith line-up. Leading Darryl Jordan’s offence was Damian Blunte who scored ten points.