Defending champions Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) Wildcats got their title defence off to a winning start when the 2017 Barbados Amateur Basketball Association’s Under-19 Summer Jam Competition tipped off last night at Clapham, St Michael.
It was a superb display from the Wildcats as they dominated from the opening whistle to emerge easy 73-23 winners over the home team, Clapham. They led comfortably 22-7, 41-13, 62-15 after the first three periods.
Deveron Knight shot a game-high 33 points with individual quarter scores of 11, eight, ten and four for the victorious Wildcats.
So dominant was Knight on the offensive end that the next best score was seven points each from Kemar Benn and Jayden Walker while Joshua Lowe and Alec Green both contributed six each. Clapham found the going extremely tough as Joshua Frank top scored with a mere six points and Azizi Alleyne chipped in with five.
It was not the best of performances from the traditionally highly competitive Clapham side and the fact that Joshua Greene fouled out at the beginning of the third quarter did not help their cause any.
Kolij Kubs comprising of the same players from the victorious Under-16 Summer Jam competition just last week, returned yesterday to play against the big boys. Well, that contest ended up being a one-sided affair as Lakers pulled off a massive 76-41 (22-7, 35-23, 53-35) win to get their campaign off to a promising start. Ironically, the opening quarter in this particular game followed a similar pattern to the second encounter but thought the Kolij lads showed a bit more on the offensive side of the equation, they looked as overmatched as Clapham were against the Wildcats.
David Walkes produced a game-high 24 points and Tariq Inniss contributed 18 while Kevin Thorpe had 11 to be the only three in double figures. Dashawn Hinkson and Godfrey July both contributed six points for Lakers.
The talented Brandon Ruck was the main spark for Kolij Kubs as he netted 19 points. Ruck’s main support came from Daniel Lorde with nine points.
Having a better night were the Kolij Lions who secured a 49-14 (15-0, 28-5, 36-7) win over a hapless Combermere outfit. It was really a collective effort from the Lions as Zachary Nowell led the way with 13 points, nine came from Jonathan Fowler, six points each came from Hakeem Kissun and Rasheed Turney while Raphael Howard and Valdez Brathwaite had four each. Justin Bramoo scored eight for Combermere and he was their highest scorer.
Combermere suffered the ignominy of playing an entire first quarter and not scoring a single point. Theirs was not a case yesterday of up and on, but more one of down and out.