Station Hill Cavaliers continued their winning ways with an 85-77 victory over Orange 3 Pinelands, as the Barbados Amateur Basketball Association’s Cooperators General Insurance-sponsored Premier League continued
at the Garfield Sobers Sports Complex last night.
Pinelands got off to an encouraging start in the first quarter with the combination of Charles Vanderpool and Junior Moore providing most of their offence. At the other offensive end it was the high-flying Darren Hunte who ensured that the Station Hill side kept pace with Pinelands. At the end of the first quarter Pinelands had a 16-11 advantage.
The break and subsequent resumption saw a definite game-change with Station Hill taking the ascendancy while Pinelands’ coach Renaldo Maughan manned the sidelines trying to find the right combination to give his team some much needed impetus.
Station Hill Cavaliers took over the lead in the second quarter with Kevin Sealy, who ended the game with 15 points, rendering much offensive assistance to Hunte. The second quarter ended with Cavs having a 41-32 advantage.
In the third period both teams missed a number of offensive opportunities and while Pinelands made several important stops on the defensive end, they never truly capitalized on their own scoring opportunities, missing some easy baskets and being guilty of taking a few ill-advised shots. Both teams managed 13 points in the third quarter that ended at 61-53 in the Cavs’ favour.
The fourth period followed very much the same pattern as the third. Pinelands were better on the boards than the Cavaliers but once again they made poor use of second opportunities on the offensive board. They had a combined offensive and defensive rebound advantage (44-36) over the Cavs but while Station Hill were able to notch 19 second-chance baskets from 18 offensive boards, Pinelands only secured 10 points from 23 boards. Pinelands’ Ian Alexander had a good game on both ends of the court with ten rebounds to go with 11 points.
Pinelands again only managed 13 points in the fourth period, while limiting the Cavs to 12. That was a stat that spelt defeat. Cavs also had a massive 20 points overall from turnovers, compared to Pinelands’ 11. Significantly, the Cavs’ bench outperformed the Pinelands’ second unit to a man, accounting for 28 points to the Pinelands bench’s 15.
Hunte finished with 25 points for Cavaliers while Joel Hunte chipped in with 10. For Pinelands Vanderpool ended with 22 points while Moore had 16 points.
In the other game played on the night Barbados Lumber Company Lakers defeated Combined Schools Tridents 70-53. Tridents held their own up to the end of the first quarter that ended 13-13 but thereafter lost their way. Lakers had a 29-23 and 48-38 advantage at the close of the second and third periods.
Scoring for Lakers was evenly shared with Sydney Rowe (14), Jimal Singh (14), Kregg Jones (13), Keefe Birkett (13) and Ormond Haynes (10) doing the damage. Andrew Ifill with 14 points and Nikolai Burton (11) were the main scorers for the Tridents.