The Sandy Point Fruta Falcons and the Williams Electrical Hitters clashed in week 5 the first game of the 2nd round of the SKABA Junior League on Wednsday. The Match-up was very keenly anticipated as both teams are among the top 3 in the junior league.
A win by Hitters would put them right back in the mix as one of the favorites to win the league while a loss by Sandy Point will further expose there vulnerability as a result of the absence of there main player Javal Hodge.
The game got started with Sandy Point unable to exert there usual dominance and Hitters taking advantage of the absence of Javal and held on to a 32-31 advantage at the end of the first half.
The score remained close well into the 4ht quarter when Hitters went on a run that resulted in a 7 point lead for the defending champions. However the Sandy Point Falcons roared back behind the spectacular play of Minguel Browne who had 13 points .
The final second of the game saw Hitters behind 67-66 when William Benjamin hit a spectacular 3 pointer to put the Hitters team ahead 69-67 with just 3 second remaining.
An unnecessary foul by a Hitters defender put Kareeam Warner of Sandy Point at the free throw line where he sank two huge free throws to tie the game at 69-69 thus forcing overtime. In the overtime period Sandy Point seemed like the much more composed team as they calmly took advantage of some simple errors by the Hitters team.
Kareem Warner and Sinto Bradshaw who had 23 and 22 points respectively took the Sandy Point team to an exciting overtime victory over the Defending champs hitters. Bradshaw of Sandy Point had an amazing 22 rebounds and teammate Lyle Browne had 11 points and 20 rebounds.
William Benjamin led all scorers with 27 points while teammate Glenville England had 16 points and 5 rebounds. The final score was 79-75 in favor of the Sandy Point team.
This was Hitters 3rd loss of the season while Sandy Point moves to a 7-1 record.
Last week which was week 4 and the final week of the first round was full of much excitement. The most exciting of the match-ups was undoubtedly the big clash of the junior league titans when the undefeated ODB Sandy Point Fruta Falcons played the very imposing Tropical Shipping Bird Rock Uprisers.
Both Sandy Point and Bird Rock entered the game full of confidence as Bird Rock rode a 4 game win streak which included a massive win over the defending champions Hitters in week 3 and Sandy Point was the only undefeated team in the division with huge wins as well over the defending champs in addition to the Blue Devils and St.Pauls.
The game started out pretty evenly matched with Javal Hodge and Dane Rawlins leading there Sandy Point and Bird Rock teams respectively.
Javal and Dane put on what many have termed the two most spectacular individual performances in the 2005 and 2006 junior leagues to date .
Dane had an incredible 38 points and 20 rebounds while. Javal was equally as incredible as he fell two assists shy of the first triple double of the junior league season with an amazing 25 points, 11 rebound and 8 assists to go with 4 steals.
The two man show by Javal and Dane continued well into the 4th quarter when Bird Rock took advantage when Javal suffered a severely sprained ankle. This turned the tides in favor of Bird Rock and they dominated the last 2-3 minutes of the game despite a valiant effort by Sandy Point who was able to keep close despite the absence of there superstar Hodge.
The final score saw Bird Rock with an exciting 74-69 win over the Falcons. Ouckland Connor and Sinto Bradshaw had 12 and 9 points respectively for Sandy Point while Bird Rock had good contributions from William Natta with 12 points and 15 rebounds as well as Jahi Liburd with 11 points and 10 rebounds.
The match placed both Bird Rock and Sandy point at the top of the Junior Division points table at the end of round 1 with both teams having a 6 and 1 record.
Other interesting match-ups for the week included Western Cayon and Williams Electrical Hitters. Hitters bounced back after there humiliating defeat the week before at the hands of Bird Rock. They were able to orchestrate a 74-65 win over the Western union Cayon. Leading the way for Hitters was Calvin Wallace with 20 points and 15 rebounds and Glenville England with 20 points and 7 rebounds. Davy Charles also chipped in with 10 points.
Cayon was led by national junior forward Leon Henry who had an incredible 25 points and 20 rebounds while Omary Warner assisted well with 20 points. This game improved Hitters record to 3-3 after 6 games.
Trotters recorded there first win of the season when they defeated the Blue Devils 54-53 and followed with a win in week 5 against St.Pauls. Sandy Point also recorded a win over Cayon 74-54 in week 4. There was only one game from the first round not played at the season’s midway point and that is Cayon vs. St.Pauls which will be played during the first week of the 2nd round.