Barbados Hilton Resort Warriors Sports Club slumped to their first defeat in five games, losing 82-76 to KFC Orange Three Pinelands in the Co-operators General Insurance Barbados Amateur Basketball Association Premier League last night at the Wildey Gymnasium.
Two of the big men in Pinelands starting five Charles Vanderpool and Junior Moore sizzled last night with the former scoring a game-high 25 points and the latter 19 as the former champions led 18-17, 40-31 and 57-56 after the first three stanzas en route to their eventual victory.
Vanderpool occupied the court for 36 minutes and was able to account for ten two-point shots and five free throws along with a total of 16 rebounds and four assists. Moore, however, proved to be the monster on the boards with a whopping 27 rebounds, 20 of which came on the defensive end.
Fellow forward Ian Alexander also had a good night inside the key contributing 16 points before drawing five personal fouls in the fourth and decisive quarter. The final call didn’t seem to sit too well with Alexander who exited the court and kicked his chair in frustration.
Vanderpool, Moore and Alexander who was sent packing after 26 minutes of playing time, were the ones who carried the attack to Warriors. Pinelands captain Jeremy Gill was present during the start of the match but seemed to be carrying an injury and came on in the dying stages of the second quarter. Gill shot nine points and there were five each from fellow point guards Zahir Motara and Derion Hurley.
Warriors forward and one of their leading scorers Justin Pile showed up to the game while the third quarter was in progress and only took to the court during the fourth quarter which saw him having just over three minutes of playing time. Ridiculous!
Pile has had a good run so far this season scoring an average of 18.45 points per game and his presence was needed yesterday to support the efforts of fellow forward Jamar ‘Spanner’ Headley who had 16 in the game and point guard Tramane Shaw who finished with 17. Those two fought hard and managed to put up some laudable resistance.
Headley had the tough task of marking Vanderpool who muscled Warriors’ defence at both ends of the court and had great support from Moore who was on fire inside the paint. They did well to block most offensive attempts by Warriors.
Shaquan Newton offered some support with 11 points which came from triple treys and a two-point shot. There were ten points each from Warriors’ captain Kareem Farrell and Ricardo Toussaint. Nicholai Williams tallied seven points, Justin Pile scored three and Kevin John had two points.
The scores were tied on six occasions and the lead changed 11 times, but Pinelands had a good run in the decisive quarter with a scoring lead of 15 points (77-62) having pulled away from their opponents. And even though Warriors showed some fight to reduce the deficit by a slim margin of six points with under two minutes left to play, Pinelands were able to hang on and secure the triumph when the whistle of referee Andrew Mayers sounded.
Despite the loss Warriors still maintained their number one position in the standings with 18 points, trailed closely by defending champions Barbados Lumber Company Lakers, Pinelands and Pan American International Insurance Corporation Warrens who are all jointly tied on 17 respectively. Station Hill Cavaliers are currently one point behind on 16 in fifth position and should perform a lot better with the return of seasoned coach Adrian Craigwell from the Commonwealth Games in the Gold Coast of Australia.
It was another loss for Combined Schools Tridents (74-66) when they met Warrens in the opening fixture last night. But compared to last Sunday’s showing when they went down 105-78 against Warriors, Tridents played a lot better and showed more resilience as they commanded the first two quarters at 22-13 and 37-29. Warrens, however, bounced back (53-46) in the third period and went on to clinch the win.
Manuel Alleng again top-scored for Warrens with 17 points and received support from captain Pearson Griffith with 12 points, Dario Cumberbatch chipped in with eight, Antone Lawrence and Brandon Hope each scored seven and Shane Whittaker, Greig Springer and Akindele Licorish each contributed six.
For Tridents David Walkes and Deroni Hurley scored 20 and 16 point respectively with Renico Brewster adding nine.