A game-high 22 points from point guard Ria Phillips along with 21 each from Tamisha Flatts and Maria Cumberbatch propelled Station Hill Cavaliers to a 72-38 trouncing of Challengers in the No. 1 Beauty Supplies and Beauty Exchange-sponsored Barbados Amateur Basketball Association’s Women’s League at the Wildey Gymnasium last night.
Also in action last night at the Gymnasium were Combermere who defeated Warrens 53-37 in an under-19 showdown.
Challengers had no answers whatsoever for the reigning queens who led at the end of the first three quarters 27-7, 46-21 and 56-27. Flatts who plays point guard nailed two three pointers in the opening quarter, Cumberbatch also had a three at the start while Phillips sliced through Challengers’ defence and scored easy lay-ups whenever the ball was in her possession. That offensive effort gave Cavaliers a 20-point lead leading into the second quarter.
Antonette White was the only player to reach double figures for Challengers with 11 while Tara Dowrich and Samira Asson both scored seven points each. Challengers needed to step up significantly on both sides of the floor in the second period but only managed to score 14 points in that quarter compared to Cavaliers’ 19.
Cumberbatch was on fire in the second quarter and tallied 12 of her 21 points thanks to good teamwork between herself and Phillips. It all started when Cavaliers were on 31points and Cumberbatch netted two straight baskets. That was followed by a good pass from Cumberbatch to Phillips who scored to make it 37. Cumberbatch then scored three consecutive twos as well as a free-throw that put Cavaliers’ tally on 44.
With the score at 44-13 to Cavaliers, Challengers needed to up their game big time and a three-pointer from Janelle Griffith along with another from Latisha Green and an assist to Dowrich carried Challengers on to 21 but by that stage it was all a little too late.
Cavaliers continued from where they left off by manipulating Challengers’ weak defence in the third quarter to pass the 50 points mark. In the final quarter Challengers managed a few baskets to make their score look a tad more palatable but by then they were done and dusted.
Meanwhile in the other game played Combermere lead at he end of the first three quarters 9-8, 30-18 and 40-28 thanks to Andrew Ifill who ended with 13 points and Theo Greenidge, 12.
Greenidge, in particular, was all about business and with the score on 47-37 Warrens perhaps felt they were in with a chance but Greenidge with two free throws and a two carried Combermere on to 51 and with just one second left in the game Rashad Downes found the basket and finished the match in style for the Combermerians.