National point guard Jeremy ‘Bull’ Gill poured in a game-high 35 points as Orange Three Pinelands came from behind to crush Hawks by a whopping 23 points after extra time with the final score reading 90-77 Thursday night at Barbados Community College in the Barbados Amateur Basketball Association Co-operators General Insurance Premier League competition.
Credit to Hawks for dominating the first three quarters 22-11, 42-30 and 60-48, before the bottom fell completely out of their game. Indeed, the game seemed headed for a blow-out when Pinelands with a gutsy fourth stanza performance were able to force extra time having managed to level the score at 72-72.
The game changer came with five minutes and 56 seconds left to play in the fourth quarter when an unstoppable Gill with a two pointer and a free throw tied the score 62-62 and gave his team a one point lead at 63-62.
Gill had four three pointers, nine free throws, six rebounds with four coming on the offensive end and five steals. Pinelands forward Junior Moore scored 19 points and Damien Nicholls contributed 14, as those were the only three that made it into double figures. Moore and Nicholls were excellent for Pinelands on the boards with a total of 30 rebounds between them. Moore had 17 consisting of 11 defensive and six offensive while Nicholls had nine defensive and four offensive boards.
Three other players tallied six points each for Pinelands – Manuel Alleng, Corey Nurse and Anthony Barrow.
The 2016 league champions were without the services of top players Derion Hurley and Ian Alexander yesterday but those that showed up in Pinelands colour scored a well deserved victory for a team which have struggled for the most part this season.
As the saying goes it was too good to be true because the rate at which Hawks were going and having established a 12-point lead heading into the fourth quarter the only thing left for the young athletic unit to do was keep up the pace but they ran out of steam and were unable to withstand Pinelands’ resurgence.
Captain Tremaine Shaw accounted for Hawks best individual score of 17 points, Shaquan Newton had 14, Damien Redman netted 11 and Javon Lashley had 10. Surprisingly Hawks’ most consistent point guard Rommel Bynoe was kept quiet throughout the game scoring just eight points. Larry King and Daniel Durant scored seven and six points respectively.
Station Hill Cavaliers thrashed Warrens Sports Club 97-71 (29-11, 45-30, 69-50) in the first league game played Thursday.