It was like a script previously performed last night when Orange Three Pinelands thrashed VYB Patriots 90-63 in the ongoing Co-operators General Insurance-sponsored Barbados Amateur Basketball Association’s Premier League played at the Wildey Gymnasium.
For Pinelands it was another victory; for Patriots, yet another defeat.
The dominant Pinelands outfit commanded the first three quarters, leading 17-13, 47-26 and 66-43 at the intervals. Shooting guard Ramon Simmons lead the way with 19 points. Jeremy Gill who had on the captain’s armband that is normally on the arm of Charles Vanderpool had 17 points and Ian Alexander had 15. Junior Moore scored 13 and Derion Hurley added ten.
Patriots’ Julian Walcott accounted for the first two points of the game and eventually ended with a game-high 22 for his under-pressure side. Walcott’s principal aid came from Shawn Ifill who scored 12 points and Jehnard Brewster who contributed ten.
The Pinelands men got down to business at the start of the second quarter in an effort to extend their lead after a somewhat lasklustre first period where they only managed 17 points. Hurley started the quarter by netting one of six three-pointers that his team would sink in that period. Then Patriots made life harder for themselves with a number of unforced mistakes. There was a lack of communication where their passing was concerned and on top of that Pinelands were gifted too many steals. Patriots turned over the ball so frequently it was as though it was a skill they were trying to perfect.
Pinelands also dominated both offensive and defensive boards and made frequent trips to the free throw line as Patriots became progressively ragged. Simmons, who had the longest rally on court playing just under 31 minutes along with Alexander who was on court for 30:34, joined with Gill in showing the obvious gulf between the two teams.
It was the same story in the third quarter and no surprise that Pinelands had a lead of 21 points when they began the penultimate period. Gill and company were given comfortable room to shoot freely repeatedly. Walcott and Ifill did their best to get past Pinelands’ strong defence and succeeded on a few occasions. But theirs was a mountain too steep to ascend. Such was the deficit that they would have had to make significant defensive stops while scoring but they were never able to contain Pinelands on the offensive end.
In the fourth quarter, Patriots, especially Walcott, showed lots of aggression on both ends of the court while accounting for 12 points inclusive of two treys. But Pinelands invariably answered their every offensive effort to cap a thoroughly convincing win. The final whistle could not have come sooner for Patriots.
Meanwhile the first encounter of the night was a keenly contested one between Barbados Hilton Resort Warriors and Burger King Clapham Bulls with the Warriors registering a 68-60 victory. The scores were 11-14, 25-28, 49-41 after three periods. Corey McDonald of Warriors led the way with 19 points, captain Nicholas King had 16 and Jamar Headley chipped in with 14. Bulls’ captain Rahiim Gibbons, Kelan Phillips and Kodia Leacock all scored 13 points while Halley Franklyn led their scoring with 14.
Pinelands top the standings with 27 points from 15 games while Patriots are bottom of the pile having lost all 13 of their games played in the competition so far. Warriors are 4th on the nine-team table with 23 points from 14 games while the Bulls are 8th on 17 points from 13 games. In second place are Urban Vybz St John’s Sonics on 25 points from 15 games with Station Hill Cavaliers third on 24 points from 14 games.