Defending champions Harrison College opened their 2015 campaign with a 30-point victory at home over The Lodge School when the Massy United Insurance-sponsored National Sports Council’s Basketball Division one showdown got underway this evening.
Harrison College were without the service of one of their key players in Nikolai Burton but even without him they still delivered a 49-19 pounding of the Lodge School, after leading at the quarters 16-01, 22-05 and 34-15.
Coming into the game Lodge were definitely the least experienced of the teams and the fact that they had to come up against the likes of Harrison College forward Joel Hunte who was named most valuable player in the just concluded Barbados Amateur Basketball Association (BABA) under-19 league competition, along with the big fellow Christopher Holder who ended with 16 points, did not make life easy for Lodge.
In the opening quarter Holder started off with a bang when he sank ten points. Hunte who ended with 12 in the game, scored four in the period, as those two set the pace from early. Lodge had it rough and so good was Harrison College’s defence that the only point they managed to score was a free throw by Jelani Garnes.
Instead of capitalizing on their 15-point advantage Harrison College could not get a shot in as both teams protected their turf to the extent that the quarter score ended 6-4 to the Crumpton Street lads who were up by 17 points at half time.
Then in the penultimate quarter Hunte who did not feature much in the second period made up for it with eight points. Holder and Joniton Fowler who finished with a tally of eight, chipped in with a basket each in the quarter.
The Lodge’s Raschad Hall worked steadfastly and was able to score eight points after Harrison College allowed him too much room to shoot. But Lodge needed a lot more of that kind of determination if they were going to win.
Lodge had ten minutes to play with in the fourth and decisive quarter and they just did not show up, managing to score a mere three points while Harrison College nailed 15 and buried their opponents in style.