Graydon Sealy Secondary’s vigorous efforts allowed them to come from behind and clinch an excitingly close game by six points, 39-33, against hosts Combermere at their Waterford, St Michael hardcourt.
In the fast-paced Co-operators General Insurance-sponsored National Sports Council Junior Basketball Competition match-up, the score sheet read 3-8, 13-15, 24-20 after the first three periods, with Combermere dominant up to the half-time whistle but Graydon Sealy always within striking distance.
Makahya Shaw top scored with 11 points while Christopher Harewood and Ishan Wilson were the other players to reach double figures for Graydon Sealy with ten points each. Krishna Quintyne with 15 and Alexander Odle 11 had a good game for Combermere despite the loss. However they would find it difficult to get past Graydon Sealy’s defenders who kept things tight coming on to the latter stages of the game.
Combermere connected quite early on the offensive end with two points each from Quintyne, Odle, Renaldo Gill and Justin Bramao as they led the first quarter by five points. In the second quarter Odle netted four points and Quintyne three for the Combermerians but Graydon Sealy fought back commendably and notched ten points in the second period compliments of Wilson leading the way with eight points, inclusive of two three-point baskets. Harewood added two points on the drive to cut the deficit down to two points at half-time.
When the third quarter commenced Shaw and company sped up the contest and in so doing utilized the wings by passing the ball around until they found one of their key marksmen in the circle. Things were going so well for Graydon Sealy on the offensive end that they scored 11 points during one particular stretch compared to Combermere’s five as the Waterford lads struggled offensively, inside and outside the paint. Credit must be given to Quintyne who kept Combermere in the game during this stage. The lanky Odle produced the highlight reels during this period with a few slam dunks after some efficient passing and spacing by his team-mates.
A four-point lead is not anything to feel secured with and Combermere really played tough on defence hoping to make stops on which they could capitalize. But Graydon Sealy did not give them that satisfaction or breathing space, and kept things under control with three pointers from Shaw and Harewood who ended with seven points in the decisive quarter to create more daylight between themselves and the Combermerians. The fourth quarter remained close throughout but with Graydon Sealy outscoring their hosts 15-13 in the period. Added to the deficit which they had cut in the penultimate period, the youngsters from Paddock Road held their nerve in the closing stages to emerge with an important and well-deserved victory.