Harrison College showed Queen’s College who the real kings are with a dominant 66-26 trouncing this afternoon in the final of the Co-operators General Insurance Under-16 Knockout Competition played at the Barbados Community College.
This outstanding performance by the Crumpton Street boys will show them what their opponents are made of, as Harrison College and Queen’s College are scheduled to meet on the court again on another date. This time it’s to decide the league champions this Wednesday, July 4, at the same venue.
From the sound of referee Gillian Martindale’s whistle (ably assisted by Peter Springer), Harrison College commanded the paint and basically dominated proceedings from the onset. The scores were 26-9, 40-11 and 54-19 after the first three stanzas.
It was a one-sided affair that saw Queen’s College being demoralized with shot after shot that found their target at the bottom of the net. So bad was the whipping that some persons present began audibly to question whether it was indeed a final or a friendly match.
But sympathy to Queen’s College, the reigning league champions who lost quite a few players from last year and are clearly going through a rebuilding process. However, they will need to pull out all the stops if they are to retain their title and deny Harrison College a chance to do the double come Wednesday.
The lads from Husbands St James had the support of their principal Dr David Browne but were outplayed and had no answer really for Harrison College on both the offensive and defensive end. The team made up of a few national Under-16 players showed just why they are a cut above the rest.
Victorious coach Juanita Wade was a happy lady and point guards Kyrone Alexander who top-scored with 16 points, Chikosi Boardi who netted 14 and Simeon Maynard with 11, were three of the main reasons why she was ecstatic. These three youngsters are also part of the basketball programme put on by the National Sports Council, organizers for the school tournament.
Nathan Walters contributed six points and three of those came at the beginning of the decisive stanza when the petit young man nailed a lovely jumper. Meanwhile Justin Edghill, Jason Stephney, Chewe Griffith and Nathan Inniss, all tallied four points respectively while Kenyon Connell added three.
Despite the loss, credit must be given to Queen’s College guard Makhaya Moore who top-scored with 15 points and showed great determination. But unfortunately, no one else was able to hit the backboard as repeatedly as he did. The next best score of five came through Nile Morris along with two points each from Khaleel Wilkinson, Ethan Ellis and Nathaniel Ward.
The successful coach of Harrison College Dario McCollin is seeking to do the double and if his guys can execute the way they did today, then the job shouldn’t be that hard. McCollin explained that after losing twice in the knockout and league semifinal to Queen’s College last year, they wanted to make a statement this time around and that they surely did.
“The boys put in work. Last year would have been a special motivation for them. They would have lost two heartbreaking semifinals to Queen’s College and I think for them they were fairly determined to come back and make a statement. They worked hard and like I was telling you the guys played [well]. Four of our starting five played first division with schoolboys, so this level was a lot easier for them,” McCollin said.
Even though his team managed to pull off the win, McCollin said there were still a few areas that needed work. He said come Wednesday during the league final his boys would look to up the intensity with the hope of coming out on top by a wider margin.
“As long as the guys come out and execute, and do what they are supposed to do, we will be good… I think that we turned over the basketball unnecessarily on a lot of occasions. And there were times where we could have settled and rotate the ball a little bit more. Defensively we were getting back but Queen’s College did to my mind, what they were supposed to do – hustle and get a lot of second chances and it really exposed our lack of boxing out on that end. So, definitely, we got some work to do, whether it is complacency or effort or just skill or technique, we got work to do with those areas,” McCollin said.