Pan American International Insurance Warrens Sports Club registered a close five-point victory 79-74 over Combined Schools Tridents in the ongoing Co-operators General Insurance Barbados Amateur Basketball Association Premier League at the Wildey Gymnasium yesterday.
The initially rampaging Tridents squad applied offensive pressure to lead 20-18, 39-38 and 61-59 after the first three stanzas. But that would be the extent of their dominance. The game was decided with a minute left to play when the scores were locked 74-74 and Warrens with possession saw Andre Pierre sink a three-point jump shot to break the deadlock.
As the seconds counted down on the clock, referee Gillian Martindale blew her whistle and called a foul on Tridents center Deveron Knight for making physical contact with Greig Springer. He scored both free throw opportunities and then Warrens were content with just holding ball possession and passing it around until the final buzzer.
Warrens literally had their hands full keeping up with the schoolboys who recently won their last encounter against Barbados Hilton Resort Warriors Sports Club.
Manuel Alleng with three of seven three points attempts in the match and captain Pearson Griffith both registered 15 points each for Warrens. Andre Pierre and Antone Lawrence contributed 11 points each and those were the only four to reach double digits.
Dario Cumberbatch tallied eight, Greig Springer totalled six, Clive Holder and Omar Bowen had four respectively while Ruel Ritch and Akindele Licorish added their names to the scoresheet with two points each.
Combined Tridents captain Rasheed Maynard led from the front making five of eight three-pointers which went towards his accumulation of 24 points. David Walkes crafted 11 points along with ten by Christian Holder and nine from Kiserian Adams.
The scores were tied eight times during yesterday’s contest and four minutes into the penultimate quarter, Tridents trailed by a one-point advantage (46-47), and suddenly they lost their grip on that lead when Warrens’ point guard Alleng sunk two consecutive three-point shots and turned the momentum around for his team which led by seven points (53-46) at that stage.
There was still a lot of time left to play with – six minutes to be exact on the scoreboard – and the schoolboys showed they too had ammunition when Maynard delivered four three-point shots in that quarter and scored 14 points straight to move Tridents from their stalled position on 46 points.
The youngsters eventually closed the gap and tied the game 59-59 at that stage with only 20 seconds left to play. It seemed Tridents wanted the ball more as Adams made a wonderful steal on Pierre from midcourt, progressed to the basket and delivered a blinding one-handed slam-dunk to give Tridents a two-point lead.
Heading into the fourth and decisive period it could have gone either way except Warrens scored 20 points compared to 13 by Tridents who were ahead by two points 70-68. But Alleng and Pierre with respective three-pointers extended the lead 74-71 to keep Warrens’ hope alive.
The young athletic side remained persistent and Maynard scored the last nine points for them as they came from behind yet again to lock the score at 74-74 which wasn’t enough as they then lost possession to Warrens in the dying stages to the game.
In the other match-up, Warriors recovered having been trailing 15-20, 27-28 and 47-48 to pull off an 80-68 win over Burger King Clapham Bulls in the second fixture of the night.
Warriors’ forward Justin Pile continued his good form accounting for 27 points along with teammate Ricardo Toussaint scoring the same number during the game. Toussaint, one of the tallest men on the court also had 11 rebounds with all being on the defensive end of the court. The second best to that was ten each by captain Kareem Farrell and Nicholia Williams who also contributed 11 points to the team score.
Scoring for Bulls were Kelan Phillips with 18, Andrew Ifill and Sean Parris 12 each and nine by captain Rahiim Gibbons and Haley Franklyn respectively.