Checker Hall Braves clawed their way back to an impressive 66-52 triumph over Newbury in the ongoing Barbados Amateur Basketball Association Division One League last night.
Playing at the Young Men’s Christian Association’s (YMCA), Pinfold Street, St Michael hard court, Newbury commanded the first three quarters 14-9, 23-21 and 44-39 before Braves bounced back strongly in the fourth period to dent the spirits of the Newbury players and supporters.
Ron Taitt top scored with 17 points, Damian Bovell had 14, Chadd Greaves notched 13, and Damien Leacock added 12 for Braves. Orlando Goodridge was on point with his shooting and netted a game-high 22 points for Newbury while both Charles Grandison and Dwayne Kellman netted 11 apiece.
Newbury were in the drivers’ seat at the start of the fourth quarter with a five-point lead but tactical errors would prove costly as Braves frequently beat their defence and scored seven straight points to take the lead at 46-44 at the start of that quarter.
Newbury called a number of time outs to rectify their mistakes but they did not improve on strategy or execution and with the score on 60-48 to Braves with just under three minutes to play it would have taken something special for Newbury to change the outcome of the match.
In the second match of the night Station Hill Cavaliers suffered yet another defeat, this time losing 53-39 to Pharmaceutical Plus Mayhill. The scores at the quarters were 15-12, 27-16, 39-26. Whitmore George was the only player into double figures with 15, while Shane Worrell with eight and Dave Young, seven, added to their offensive efforts. Ramario Hutson netted 21 of Cavaliers points and was the only player into double figure. Station Hill clearly are rebuilding their division one side and haven’t quite yet found their footing.
There were matches played earlier this week on Tuesday at the YMCA when Barbados Lumber Company Lakers destroyed Urban Vybz St John Sonics 60-34 (12-15, 22-26, 43-26). Sonics got off to a good start in the first quarter taking a three-point lead but Lakers then took their defence to another level and stymied Sonics’ offensive efforts. So stifling was Lakers’ defence that Sonics did not score a single point in the third quarter.
The other game saw Mayhill losing to Roberts Royals Juniors 54-37 (20-10, 30-19, 41-26).
At Redman Village, St Thomas, Cougars got the better of Kolij 64-58.