Big upsets in school basketball playoffs

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It was a frenzy at the JSC Sports Complex on Friday afternoon in the Cool and Smooth sponsored Inter-School Basketball league as a number of huge upsets occurred with the playoffs in full swing.
St. Anthony’s Secondary School (SASS) Junior boys, for the first-time in over ten years, will contend for the title as they edged out former champions, St. Joseph’s Academy (SJA), 28-24.
SASS, who were not the clear favourites to advance to the finals, silenced all the critics in what was considered a true nail-biter with the encounter going down to the wire.
SJA however could not get over the hump that was SASS and were eliminated.
Jevonte Valerie led the victors with 14 points while teammates, James Koury and Seth Joseph sank 6 and 5 points respectively.
SJA’s Tehran Zachariah and Ginobili Cornwall scored 8 and 6 points respectively.
Former Senior boy’s champions, Princess Margaret School (PMS) edged out league champions, Ottos Comprehensive School (OCS), 49-45, handing OCS their first loss of the season.
With both principals for OCS and PMS in attendance, the atmosphere was nothing more than intense as both teams were looking for that edge in going 1-0 up to claim the title in the best of three series.
It however would be PMS taking the first grip on attaining the title despite a 23-point effort by national junior player, Javon Simon and a 15-point effort by national junior player, Lincoln Weekes of OCS.
The champions could not match the physical and high intensity game set by the players of PMS as they were led by Barbudan sensation, Trey Beazer who sank 19 points.
Sadiki Harris assisted with 18 points.
PMS however would be eliminated in the Junior boy’s division as they were edged out by League champs, Clare Hall Secondary School (CHSS), 28-26.
PMS with only 18 seconds seemingly had the victory under-wraps but a last-minute rally by CHSS would stun the former champs.
Lucaso Brumant Jr. led CHSS with 10 points as he was assisted by Adrian Carr who sank 9.
Jayden Martin of PMS had 10 points while teammate, Rashaun Stewart netted 7 points.
Christ the King High School (CKHS) handed league champions, All Saints Secondary School (ASSS) their first loss of the season stunning the Senior girl’s champs, 25-24, in game one of the best of three finals.
The former champions brought the fight to ASSS who struggled to make baskets throughout the match.
Nia Coates led CKHS with 10 points while national junior player, Timna Phillip chipped in with 5.
Reyanna Regis of ASSS netted 17 in a losing effort.
Mini-boys Secondary League champions, St. Joseph’s Academy were well on their way to securing the double as they went 1-0 up in their best of three series versus Clare Hall Secondary.
The 42-6 blow-out saw Jabir Silstan, Jaden Andrew and Tamraj Stuart score a combined 30 points for the victors while Kalani Charles and Marvin Athill had a combined 4.
Games will continue today as St. Anthony’s Secondary will battle Clare Hall Secondary in game one of the Junior Boy’s finals at 2:45 p.m. while at 3:30 p.m., All Saints Secondary will hope to keep their championship run alive as they face Christ the King High in Game 2 of the Senior Girl’s finals.
Old Road Primary will also be in action as they face an undefeated Cedar Grove Primary in the Mini-boy’s Primary category while Ottos Comprehensive will look to bounce back against Princess Margaret in the Game 2 of the Senior boy’s finals at 4:30 p.m.
All games will be played at the JSC Sports Complex.

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