Defending champions Orange Three Pinelands came from behind to pull off a close 11-point margin victory over Barbados Hilton Resort Warriors in the Co-operators General Insurance Barbados Amateur Basketball Association League Thursday night.
It was a close contest last night at the Barbados Community College. Pinelands, down by 12 points in the opening quarter , came from behind to defeat Warriors 70-66 (4-16, 35-29, 55-39) in a matchup that got a bit physical at times and had to be quickly calmed by referee Jennifer Hackett.
Point guard Jeremy ‘Bull’ Gill top scored with 23 points for Pinelands hitting four of ten three point shots and three of three free throws in the game. Derion Hurley also freed his arms a bit, accounting for a total of 18 points with two of eight three pointers and six rebounds. Also getting into double figures was wingman Junior Moore with 12 points, he also had 13 rebounds with ten defensive and three offensive along with six of seven free throws. Meanwhile forward Ian Alexander finished with ten and had six rebounds.
Manuel Alleng, wearing Pinelands colours this season after playing last year with Pan American Life Insurance Warrens, made his presence felt in the semi-circle with six defensive and two offensive rebounds.
Pinelands were definitely strong on defence but Warriors on the other hand missed their chances and failed to score on the rebound and put away those vital free throws. Kareem Farrell led the way with 18 points for Warriors with three of six three point shots. Akin Pratt netted 12 with five offensive and three defensive rebounds, Justin Pile shot ten points and also had seven rebounds in the game along with Paul Grant who finished with six points and also had seven rebounds.
It was a close run by both teams and with just under three minutes to play before half-time, Pinelands were down by only one point 25-26 and it was at that stage the men from the Pine upped the tempo starting with a great pass from Moore to Hurley for a lovely layup to give their team the lead 27-26. That was followed by two pointers from Moore and Hurley to increase the lead to 31- 26 and keep the momentum in favour of Pinelands heading into half time.
Warriors started out well scoring at the beginning of each quarter but often fell away and that of course created frustrations on court that almost turned into being physical. One instance was when Justin Pile of Warriors fouled Junior Moore in the third quarter and the two had to be quickly separated by officials and a few supporters.
Pinelands never lost focus, continued to apply pressure inside the semicircle and build on their advantage to come out on top.
The first game of the night was a blowout as Burger King Clapham Bulls trounced Combined Schools Tridents 100-55 (21-15, 39-27, 69-38) yesterday at BCC. Kelan Phillips led the way with a game high 32 points for Bulls, Kodia Phillips had 18, Rahiim Gibbons 17, Torian King 15 and Halley Franklin 12. Halley had 13 rebounds with seven defensive and six offensive while King had 11 accounting for seven defensive and four offensive.
Scoring for schoolboys were Joshua Lowe 12, Kiserian Adams ten and Omar Jordan six.