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Regal Lakers dismiss Pine

Justin Marville

Regal Lakers dismiss Pine

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Two games.
Two blowouts.
These Lakers might simply be too good.
So much for Pinelands proving a serious challenge for basketball’s defending Premier League champs.
Five different Lakers players scored in double digits as part of Saturday’s routine 91-77 Knockout quarter-final victory over the Pine at the Barbados Community College.
It was the second time in as many games that Lakers had as many double-digit contributors following a similar beat-down of supposed play-off hopefuls Warriors.
This time it was the effort of yet another reserve – Mark Bridgeman – leading them in scoring as the Husbands men were up by as many as 28 (76-48) in another near-seamless performance.
It came as the basis of a decisive 26-11 third-quarter run, sparked by Ian Alexander’s thunderous put-back dunk and capped by three treys from Andre Lockhart – the last two of which came on successive possessions.
This was after Lakers had opened up a 50-37 cushion at the half following Charles Vanderpool’s second-quarter ejection and Bridgeman’s effortless 11-point showing off the bench.
But the game truly got out of hand at the start the third when Pinelands managed just two points within the first 3:30 minutes of the period as part of a 6-2 Lakers surge.
Daniel Lovell looked to end the drought with successive baskets, only for Lockhart to answer with the first of his three triples before Alexander started another run with an emphatic tip slam.
Jamar King soon followed with five straight points before Lockhart added two long-range bombs, and a 56-40 lead soon became a 76-48 rout.
Pinelands closed the quarter on an 8-2 run, though, then threatened to make a game of it after Ramon Simmons had five of his team’s nine unanswered points, while Lakers scored only two for the first 7:22 of the fourth.
However, the Pine never got any closer than 11 (80-69) the rest of the way, not after Bridgeman squashed the rally with a reverse lay-up prior to King’s steal and lay-up. Omari Corbin added a lay-up before Alexander’s ensuing triple put a real end to the threat.
It was the comfortable finish to a game which started with the intensity of a play-off series, as Vanderpool got struck in his eye just one minute into the contest of an early back-and-forth affair.
But Adrian Allman quickly broke the deadlock with two jumpers and Bridgeman then came off the bench for a lay-up and jumper of his own to help Lakers stretch a 26-15 cushion.
That lead soon became 15 (30-15) when Bridgeman exploded in transition for a dunk before Vanderpool was thrown out of the contest for berating a referee and throwing away the ball.
Bridgeman finished with 15 points, Lockhart 14, King and Ricardo Jemmott 11 each, and Allman ten.
For Pinelands, Simmons scored a game-high 26 and Gary Miller 16.
Earlier, swingman Darren Hunte had a game-high 26 points, including six of a decisive 28-16 third-quarter run, to lead Mpact Station Hill Cavaliers to a 105-82 blowout of Roll-A-Way St John’s Sonics’ Intermediate team.
The Cavs had actually threatened to run away with the contest from as early as the first quarter after Hunte scored ten to give them a 29-17 cushion.
However, Bernard Howell, Jeff Trotman and Rommel Garnes combined for 25 second-quarter points as Sonics rallied to take a two-point lead (40-38) midway in the period by using a stifling 2-2-1 zone press.
But Station Hill scored 13 of the last 16 points in the half before blowing the game wide open in the third, sparked by a pair of dunks from Hunte and Saeed Norville, who finished with 14. Howell led Sonics with 24.