Orange Three Pinelands Captain Charles Vanderpool found the basketball less than four seconds before the game ended to give his side a one-point 62-61 victory over Pan American Warrens last night.
It was a nail-biter from the beginning of the opening quarter when the two sides met at the Wildey Gymnasium in the Co-operators General Insurance-sponsored Barbados Amateur Basketball Association Division One League competition. The scores after the first three quarters were 11-12, 23-22, 38-44 to Pinelands who did well to deny Warrens.
Both sides never let up and shooting guard Jeremy ‘Bull’ Gill ended with a game-high 26 points and Vanderpool 15 for Pinelands. Meanwhile Andre Pierre top scored with 20 points and Dario Cumberbatch had 12 for Warrens.
Gill opened the game with a three-pointer and the scores were 11-10 to Pinelands when Pierre earned himself two free throws seconds before the first quarter ended to give Warrens the lead.
The second period was just as tight when Gill scored a free throw to get back parity and that was followed by a steal and resulting slam-dunk from Jonathan Fitt and a two-point shot by Derion Hurley allowed Pinelands to regain the advantage and take their tally to18 points. They maintained the advantage at half time by a mere one point even though Pierre, Cumberbatch along with the veterans Adrian Allman and Greig Springer were busy hustling at the other end for Warrens.
In the third quarter Warrens came from behind and tied the scores at 36. Pinelands’ defence frequently lapsed and they allowed Richie Walker and Allman basically to camp unmarked in the back court waiting for outlet passes to come their way and when they did they did not miss. That allowed Warrens to take a six-point lead heading into the fourth and decisive period. Vanderpool with a two point shot carried Pinelands’ total to 40 and the game got interesting with fewer than six minutes to play when Allman buried a three-pointer to take Warrens to 51 points and Gill nailed two consecutive three pointers for Pinelands to take them on to 53.
If anyone was asleep in the stands those shots certainly roused them because it was anybody’s game at that stage. The scores were 61-60 to Warrens with fewer than four seconds left in the game when Pinelands coach Renaldo Maughn called time out and strategize with his side. On resumption Vanderpool received an inbound pass and slammed it home for the win while Warrens’ defence was caught napping.
In the other game played St Sonics defeated Patriots 70-62 after leading 17-10, 38-27, 58-37 at the quarters. Kevin Robinson top- scored with 19 points, Decino Corbin ended on 12 and Dwayne Kellman ten for St John Sonics. Meanwhile for Patriots Justin Gaskin ended with 18, Shawn Ifill had 17 and Stefan Brathwaite had ten for Patriots.