Combined Schools Tridents were taught a lesson – 105-78 – when they met Barbados Hilton Resort Warriors Sports Club yesterday afternoon in the Co-operators General Insurance Barbados Amateur Basketball Association Premier League played at the Barbados Community College.
Jamar Spanner Headley and fellow forward Justin Pile continued their impressive form both scoring 30 points each as Warriors erupted for their fourth straight win having dominated the first three stanzas 25-19, 53-34 and 83-60 against the youngsters.
That impressive performance moved Warriors on to 17 points tied with table leaders Barbados Lumber Company Lakers who lost 86-68 to KFC Orange Three Pinelands last night in yet another blow-out affair.
Both Warriors and Lakers have so far played ten matches, won seven and lost three each. But Lakers currently have the edge because they are on 788 points for and 663 against while Warriors are 766 for and 695 against.
Headley occupied the court for 35 minutes, netted 13 of 21 two-point shots along with four free throws and also pulled down a whopping 20 rebounds with 11 being taken on the defensive boards. Headley was strong on defence with nine assists and three steals. Warriors dominated with 63 rebounds compared to a total of 48 by the Tridents who were clearly no match for the Frederick Bynoe-coached side.
Pile’s focus was mostly on offence scoring ten two-point shots, he nailed two treys and also netted four free throws during his 26 minutes on the court. The lanky Ricardo Jemmott was the only other player to join those two in double digits scoring 18 points.
Also getting their names on the scoresheet for Warriors were Nicholai Williams with eight, Shaquan Newton contributed seven, Stefan Taylor had six, Kareem Farrell four and there was two from Tramane Shaw.
Despite his team not being able to keep up with the strong Warriors side, Tridents captain Rasheed Maynard led by example with a top score of 26 points. Valdez Brathwaite offered support with 11 points, David Walkes totalled ten and Christian Holder had nine. Combermerians Deroni Hurley and Makaari Jones both tallied six points each, Renico Brewster netted five and Rachad Hall scored three.
Pinelands with the return of captain Jeremy Gill commanded the first three quarters 28-16, 42-35 and 66-54 as they made it all look too easy against Lakers who were without the service of Mark Bridgeman, Kregg Jones and Ricardo Jemmott.
Lakers forward John Jones produced a top score of 21 points, but it was not enough to stop Pinelands who were in the driver’s seat throughout thanks to good offensive plays from point guard Hurley with great support from Charles Vanderpool with 14, and 11 points each from Ian Alexander, Ramon Simmons, Junior Moore and Zahir Motara. Point guard Gill did not shoot that many but accounted for a total of eight points and Anthony Barrow had two.
The tall strapping Andre Boadu played strong defence and also contributed on the offensive end with12 points. But whenever he was out of the picture Pinelands took full advantage as Jones was no match for his fellow six-footer Vanderpool.
Lakers’ veteran Adrian Allman tallied 12 points but was unable to make a greater contribution having picked up an injury during the game and forced to sit out most of the second half. In addition, Lakers captain Keefe Birkett failed to fire as he usually does managing only nine points, Ormond Haynes scored eight and Jimal Singh had six.
Urban Vybz St John Sonics and Burger King Clapham Bulls suffered yet another loss in their respective matches when they featured against the respective opposition in Station Hill Cavaliers and Pan American International Insurance Warrens.
Cavaliers captured the ten-point victory 73-63 after the scores were tied 18-18 at the end of the first stanza and managed to break free 36-32 and 59-45 in the second and third quarters respectively.
There were no major individual scores with 13 points each coming from captain Jason Smith, Kevin Sealy and Dwayne Kellman. Stephan Ottley bagged 12, Saeed Norville had 11, Darren Hunte eight and Zachary Cave three. Scoring in double digits for Sonics were Jamar King with 14 points and 12 each from Romaine Lovell and Stefan Clarke.
Meanwhile, in the other matchup, Clapham Bulls led 18-16 in the opening period but lost their groove as Warrens led 44-31 and 65-48 in the second and third quarters before going on to win the game 78-60. Pearson Griffith totalled 11 points and Greig Springer along with Dario Cumberbatch offered support with 10 points each. For Bulls Sean Parris and Andrew Ifill led the way with 14 and 13 points respectively.