Ahmal Smith top scored with 22 points for Graydon Sealy Secondary as they defeated Lester Vaughan 35-28 at Cane Garden, St Thomas as the National Sports Council’s Secondary Schools Basketball Tournament continued today.
But it was not an easy job for the defending division two champs. In fact, they were made to work for every point they got. Still, they managed to pull off the victory by maintaining the advantage at the end of each quarter 12-6, 20-18 and 28-22. It was Graydon Sealy’s second win out of three games.
Smith netted seven for his team in the opening quarter but Lester Vaughan had the tall Hason Ward in their ranks and he played well on both sides of the floor, tallying 16 points in the process.
Ward took matters into his hands after Lester Vaughan were down by six points heading into the second quarter. He accounted for 12 points and managed to bring his side back into the game and cut the deficit to two points heading into the penultimate showdown.
Outside of those two no one else went into double figures for their respective teams. Smith who did not feature much in the second quarter was back on court at the start of the third and even though he looked a bit timid for a guy of his height, he still managed to produce six points in that period. He got some assistance from Chemar Steele who scored four. Lester Vaughan struggled to score points and Shaquan Coleman was the only player to add any offence with two points.
Then in the fourth quarter Smith netted seven, inclusive of a three-pointer and was the only player to actually score for Graydon Sealy in that period. He caused many problems for Lester Vaughan with his height. Ward, Shamar Elliott and Gavin Phillips accounted for two points each down the stretch but that still was not enough to stop the visitors.