Pan American Life Insurance Warrens Sports Club and Dover Chargers have secured semi-final spots in the ongoing Barbados Amateur Basketball Association’s Division One League.
Warrens have been the most impressive team in this year’s competition having played undefeated. They took a ten-point victory over Barbados Lumber Company Lakers 84-74 (26-14, 50-26, 70-43) when the two sides met last night at the Barbados Community College.
Peter Alleyne starred with a game-high 31 points for Warrens who took the two best of three quarterfinal matches 2-0. Javid Beckles contributed 15 and Zahir Motara had 12 for Warrens who were in control throughout the match despite a good effort from Lakers who tallied 31 in a big fourth quarter effort while limiting the winners to just 14 in the period.
Both Derek Browne and Lance Prospere netted 17 for Lakers against the Warrens team which had a healthy number of former national players.
Dover also won comfortably against former champions Cougars 76-65. Scores after three quarters were 14-16, 42-21, 53-48. Seon Hillman with 23 points, Godfrey Leacock with 20 and Adrian Catlyn with 16 were outstanding for Dover as they outplayed Cougars on both the defensive and offensive end. Stevenson Callender as usual top scored with 25 for Cougars and the only other person to reach double figure was Shawn Gaskin with 18.
The other two quarterfinal showdowns between Challengers and Police and Hawks versus Church Village Spartan are now tied 1-1 with the third and decisive games to be played tomorrow
After taking a 1-0 lead in the first quarterfinal match Police were unable to stop Challengers from equalizing the two best of three affair when they won game two 68-62 (11-8, 34-26, 47-45) to force a decider. The win came thanks mainly to Adrian Flower with 20 points and Nicholas Collymore who chipped in with nine. Junior Small had 12 points and Nicholas Williams 11 and were the only two players to reach double figures for Police.
Spartan came from a game down to level their contest against Hawks 1-1 with a 78-72 victory. Scores were 18-23, 35-39, 55-55 at the intervals.
Dale Franklyn led the way with 20 points, Larry King had 17 and Jean-Paul Alleyne notched 14 for Spartan.
Shaquan Newton with 17, Omar Beckles 14 and Daniel Newton 12, put in a good effort but Hawks fell away at crucial points on defence and allowed Spartan to make a great comeback to take the game.