The superiority of the government schools over their private school counterparts was evident in the final game of day two of the Hugh Campbell Basketball Classic, as a team that didn’t even make the government schools championship took apart the private school champions.
Reference is to the featured game of the night between the C.C. Sweeting Cobras and the St. John’s College Giants. In a game that was even more one-sided than the final score indicated, the Cobras won easily, 56-40, ending day two of the 37th Annual Hugh Campbell Basketball Classic at the A.F. Adderley Gymnasium. They will now go into the winner’s bracket while the Giants will play in an elimination game tomorrow.
The game started off competitively with the Giants giving the Cobras everything they could handle, but the Cobras turned up the tempo midway through the first, and the Giants failed to respond. The Cobras ended the first quarter on a 9-1 scoring run and never looked back. They led 18-9 after the first quarter and 30-17 at the half. They kept the pressure on, racing to a 43-24 advantage at the end of the third quarter. The lead ballooned to 22 in the final quarter before the Giants scored a lot of garbage points in the final two minutes to make the final score a bit respectable. Still, they lost easily, falling by 16.
In a balanced scoring attack, Joshua Anderson was the only Cobras player in double figures with 11. He added five rebounds. Ethan Munnings contributed nine points including a vicious one-handed jam over a defender in the fourth quarter, and La’Shaun Bassett dropped in eight points, three steals and two assists. Clifton Barr helped out with seven points and two assists. Munnings was the game’s leading rebounder with eight.
“Our coach told us to feed off our defense, and that is what we did. Once we keep doing that, the offense will come and we will be alright,” said Munnings.
Tyrese Porter paced the Giants with 13 points, five rebounds, two assists and two steals, but was just 2-for- 10 from the floor. Torres Basden added 12 points and seven rebounds. No other player scored in double figures for the Giants. Adon Beckford had seven points and four rebounds and Jordan Maycock scored six points and added six rebounds but was a woeful 3-for-18 from the floor including 0-for-7 from distance.
In total, the Cobras were 7-for-19 from three-point land while the Giants converted on just one in nine opportunities.
“All respect to St. John’s but we know that there is tougher competition out there who we could play,” said Cobras’ Head Coach Wade Watson. “There is a lot that we have to go through to determine our true ability. I believe that if we could get to that final four, anything could happen. Of the 20 teams in the tournament, anyone could win the tournament this year, and that is our focus.”
In other games yesterday, the Temple Christian edged the Government High School Magic, 73-70, the Queen’s College Comets defeated the C.V. Bethel Stingrays, 35-32, and Teleos Academy earned a major victory for the small schools association, defeating the C.W. Saunders Baptist Cougars, 57-32.
Hugh Campbell action continues today at the A.F. Adderley Gymnasium as the Grand Bahamian and Family Island teams hit the court.
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