Newly outfitted Next Generation Combined Schools Tridents have yet again failed to register a win in the 2017 Co-operators General Insurance Barbados Amateur Basketball Association Premier League.
Their opponents, Barbados Lumber Company Lakers, on the other hand continued their undefeated streak with a 77-59 win tonight, to register their fourth straight win at the Barbados Community College. Lakers and defending champions Orange Three Pinelands are the only teams that haven’t lost a game so far this season.
The schoolboys kept up well with the pace but were unable to overtake Lakers who commanded the first three quarters 20-16, 39-31 and 60-44 thanks to a top score of 17 points from power forward Ricardo Jemmott.
Jemmott returned to competitive basketball this month after a three-year break and was Tridents’ principal headache in the semicircle. The tall man had a whopping16 rebounds with nine defensive and seven offensive, he also had two steals and was effective as a rim protector blocking a number of shots.
Captain Keefe Birkett and Jamal Singh netted 13 points each for Lakers. Ormond Haynes shot 12 and Jae Harris with ten were the main scorers into double figures for Lakers. Adrian Allman who came on in the third quarter and Rafael Sealy both had six points each.
The closest Tridents came to winning a game was last Sunday when they lost by just one point 92-91 on the buzzer to newly promoted Hawks. Tonight they put up some resistance, especially Rasheed Maynard, who was the only player into double figures with 14 points. Maynard’s main assistance came from Kiserian Adams and Shaquan Carrington both with seven points. The latter came on in the second quarter and freed his arms to score back to back three pointers.
Maynard also hit two of six three-point attempts for his team despite being heavily guarded by Lakers’ big defenders Jemmott, Haynes and Andre Boadu.
Just before halftime, Tridents kept themselves very much in the game after being down 26-31. Maynard hit nothing but the bottom of the net for a three-pointer followed by two from forward Theo Greenidge to take them over the 30-point mark but still Lakers led 39-31 at half time.
An eight-point deficit seemed very reducible even for Tridents. But Lakers coached by Francis Williams and Derek Browne pressed ahead and increased their advantage. At one point the score was 46-44 to Lakers and coming down to the last five minutes of that quarter, Tridents failed to score a point as the Lumber Company men extended their lead by 16 points heading into the fourth and final quarter.
That certainly placed Cosmo Edwards’ team under pressure and when the last period began, one just felt the fat lady had already begun to sing and the body languages and expressions on the faces of the Tridents players said that much.