This year’s schools basketball tournament has produced some thrillingly close encounters.
There have also been quite a few blowouts. And this was the case when a dominant Ellerslie School outplayed Darryl Jordan Secondary in every facet of the game to win 77-29 in the National Sports Council’s Massy United Insurance-sponsored Secondary Schools Bastketball Competition this afternoon.
From the opening whistle, Ellerslie’s comfort on their Black Rock, St Michael homecourt was very evident as they went on an offensive tear with the high-flying Jehu Lafueille leading the charge against the overwhelmed visitors. Darryl Jordan’s defence was marginally better than their offence, which truth be told, said very little. By the end of the opening quarter, Ellerslie led 30-2 with eight of these points going to Lafueille.
The script remained the same in the second quarter with Lafueille getting much offensive help from the tireless work of Akeem and Raphael Brathwaite. Although Ellerslie’s defence continued to create all sorts of problems for the visitors who were frequently guilty of rushed shots, the visitors still managed to show greater intensity on the offensive end.
Darryl Jordan managed eight second quarter points and a combination of solid defence and a bit of complacency saw the home side limited to 14 points for a 44-10 half-time lead. Lafueille and Akeem had an even split of eight of those 14 points in the quarter. The boys from Black Rock, despite having a 34 point lead did not ease up on their opponents in the third quarter. Raphael Brathwaite really turned on his game in this quarter to score six of his 11 points before having to go back to the bench after twisting his ankle on an attempted lay-up.
He wasn’t really missed as guard Jamali Holder decided to do a bit more than just being a provider. Lafueille delighted those on the sidelines with a few thunderous slam dunks, often in the faces of hapless defenders, or unchallenged after leaving his marker in his wake. To their credit, Darryl Jordan tried hard to withstand the onslaught but simply did not have the resources to make any concerted run on Ellerslie, who continued to make the St Lucy school work hard for every point.
The visitors’ main offensive weapon was Rasheed Maynard and he gave a special effort on both ends of the court though the game had long been lost in the first quarter.
He had six of the 11 points which his team scored in the third quarter, and would eventually end with an impressive 16-point effort. He was the only Darryl Jordan player to reach double-figures. Ellerslie ended the third quarter in a comfort zone with a 66-21 lead.
The final quarter was a bit of a scrimmage with Ellerslie’s coach, probably realizing it would take a sudden outbreak of Chikungunya among his charges to lose the game, deciding to empty his bench. He took off the Brathwaites and Lafueille and gave some of the lesser lights on the bench a chance for some minutes.
Despite the change in personnel, the plot remained the same. Ellerslie attacked, Darryl Jordan recoiled. The hosts only managed 11 points in the quarter with the diminutive Delano Watson accounting for four of those. Darryl Jordan were still outplayed by the second unit and managed a meagre eight points in the quarter. Jamali Holder ended with 11 points for Ellerslie.