Pinelands ‘Take No Prisoners’ as they invade Church Village
By Morissa Lindsay
Forward Deveron Knight had a game-high 28 points that put Pinelands A team to a comfortable 93-55 hammering against Church Village Spartans B, who failed to live up to their lofty title, when action continued in the General Insurance Co-operators 2022 Barbados Amateur Basketball Association Club Challenge last night.
Played at Pinelands, St. Michael, the host definitely enjoyed the competition in their own backyard as they dominated 22-10, 49-23 and 74-34 in the first three quarters of the game and were unstoppable both in attack and defense.
Besides the athletic and energetic knight, the Pinelands team has talented point guards who can shoot well and Hurley brothers Deroni and Derion are among them. Deroni had 18 points including five three-pointers, four of which came in the first quarter while older brother Derion contributed nine points.
Other quality players on the Pinelands bench were Kiserian Adams scoring 14 and Rasheed Maynard 12 while senior team members Charles Vanderpool and Junior Moore plus youngster Kemar Benn picked up four points apiece.
It wasn’t rocket science after the first exchanges that Pinelands A would win, it was just a matter of margin given their mix of players in the squad and their ability to cover both sides of the pitch. Knight wasn’t afraid to take on Spartans B leader Dale Franklyn, who scored 12 points.
Premier League side Spartans B entered the game with just five players and as they battled to ensure the scoreline wasn’t too embarrassing when the final whistle was given by referees Shakira Shorey and Richard Spencer who did a great job, they struggled to keep up. with Pinelands on both sides of the pitch.
Those who contributed to the Spartans B’s overall total were their winger Damien Skeete who had 18 points with Larry King with nine, John-Paul Alleyne with six and Curtis Belgrave who added four.
There was a psychological game played out on the pitch between Maynard of Pinelands who did a good job of getting into Alleyne’s head who nearly got in trouble with four of them to his name. Basically, it was a case of Maynard repeatedly telling Alleyne that he was “no good” and sure enough, the latter didn’t shut up when he heard such a taunt.
Besides those two, the Spartans deserve credit for trailing as closely as they do and in the fourth quarter down 53-88, the men in green took advantage of those timeouts for a bit. respite, given that they had no reserve players on the bench. However, that couldn’t save them from the inevitable as the Pinelands A were too many and too much to handle.
The Pinelands B team also played on the pitch in the opening game of the evening, but weren’t as successful when they lost 75-20 (20-10, 45-14, 65-18 ) against Burger King Clapham Bulls who continue to reign as BABA. Premier League kings.
Of course, Pinelands B had their work cut out against the top-rated Clapham Bulls side as Manuel Alleng led the scoresheet with 17 points. Shaquan Newton scored 16 points followed by Romaine Lovell who scored 13.
Simeon Maynard, who has been based abroad for the past few months, is back at home and has made his presence felt with ten points. The Clapham Bull captain and their remarkable playmaker Rahim Gibbons as well as Tehron King and Joshua Gibbs have totaled six each. Gibbons’ promising younger brother Nayiib Browne also added two to the overall total. Surprisingly, Bulls forward Andrew Ifill didn’t register a single point.
It was a physical encounter as both teams played a solid game inside the paint and kept official referees Rene Batson and Jennifer Joseph-Hackett busy with their whistles. Pinelands B captain Kadeem Brathwaite scored five points. Anthony Maynard scored four while Nathan Estwick and Miguel Gibson scored three each.
In other games last night at Belfield, Black Rock, the Station Hill Cavaliers easily cruised to a 99-39 (24-3, 51-10, 71-25) victory over the East Avenue Realtors Young Bears. Meanwhile also at the same venue, the JG Checker Hall Braves defeated the Hinds Transport Services Pirates 52-39 (7-10, 25-19, 37-31).