Deveron Knight of the YMCA Wildcats was unstoppable on the glass and showed his athleticism many times on his way to a game-high 33 points against Clapham B, including this rim-shaking throwdown.
It was a one-sided matchup as Kolij Lions took on Combermere, but the ball still needed to be put in the hoop for Kolij and Zachery Nowell assisted in that venture with a team-high 13 points in the 49-14 win.
Rough start to Summer Jam U-19 for three teams
Clear skies were welcomed as the Barbados Amateur Basketball Association Summer Jam Under-19 tournament began on Tuesday night, but though it was a smooth start for the competition, it was a tough night for three teams.
There were three games played at the Clapham courts and each one saw a large margin of victory for the winners. Unfortunately, the Kolij Kubs and Combermere were on the losing end of 35-point losses, while Clapham B were destroyed at home by 50 points. The Kubs took on Lakers Sports Club to start the evening’s proceedings and though the team was made up predominantly of the Summer Jam Under-16 championship team, it was a rude awakening.
The first quarter ended 22-7 with the Lakers stepping on the gas early, piling on the points with not much effort needed. Kolij had plenty opportunities, but were unable to convert them to points. The second quarter was a better one however and they were able to outscore the Lakers 13-16 to go into the half with the score-line at 35-23. Lakers came out of the break gunning once again and were able to extend the lead and by the final quarter, the Kubs looked plenty tired and their opponents had no mercy, taking the deficit to 35 by the final whistle, 76-41. Lakers player David Walkes top-scored with 24 points and Tariq Inniss added 18. Under-16 Finals’ Most Valuable Player Brandon Ruck was the leading scorer for the Kolij Kubs with 19.
It was bound to be a tough ask for the Clapham B team to take on the defending champions YMCA Wildcats in their first game and the expected happened. They were taken apart. In neither of the four quarters of the game was the home team able to score double-digit points and in the third quarter could only muster a single basket. The Wildcats on the other hand were flying and with the aid of big man Deveron Knight, who had a game-high 33 points, made light work of the opposition. The half-time score stood at 41-13 and the final score came in at 73-23. Knight was the only player in double figures for the Wildcats, but Kemar Benn and Jayden Walker scored seven apiece. For Clapham, Joshua Grant top-scored with six points.
The last game of the opening night of the competition was a battle of the schools where Kolij Lions played Combermere. It was expected that Combermere, who play well in the National Sports Council’s School League competition, would put up a good fight, but the assumption was foolhardy. Combermere scored the lowest total of the evening, only amassing 14 points after being held scoreless in the first quarter. The Lions were able to score easily, but the margin could have been bigger if not for some easy misses on the offensive glass. Combermere had moments to shine, but all in all Kolij dominated the game in the 49-14 victory. Zachery Nowell had a team-high 13 points for Kolij while Justin Bramoa had eight for Combermere.
The games continue today in the Pine with Kolij Kubs playing Clapham A at 5 p.m., Combermere facing Clapham B at 6:30 p.m. and Kolij Lions coming up against Lakers at 8. (AS)