Lakers brush off Tridents
Lumber Company Lakers don’t have to throw fists to beat anybody.
Seems they don’t even need their best players either.
Ian Alexander had 17 points and Omari Corbin added 15 as the unbeaten Premier League leaders kept rolling even without their top two point guards after leading by as many as 34 points in Saturday’s 79-63 win over Co-operators General Tridents at the Wildey Gym.
It was their third straight league victory in as many games, coming not too long after the Lakers steamrolled the competition by an average of 14 points en route to last month’s knockout championship run.
But this win seemed all the more routine, with arguably the country’s best player, Andre Lockhart, and his backup Akeem Williams both sitting out a contest in which Lakers never trailed.
The defending league champs opened an 18-5 cushion within the game’s first six minutes on the back of a combined 12 points from Corbin and Alexander.
However, Tridents briefly showed some signs of life, rallying via a 13-3 run sparked by Aamir Morris’ trey and subsequent dunk that pulled them within three (21-18) early in the second quarter.
It proved the extent of what little fight they had, though, as the schoolboys managed a mere two points for the rest of the period while Lakers rattled off ten unanswered as part of a 21-2 surge (42-20).
Tridents then went scoreless for the first 3:16 minutes of the ensuing third before their tormentors went ahead by as many as 34 (63-29).
Ricardo Jemmott scored 11 off the bench for Lakers, while Morris had a game-high 24 points for the winless schoolboys.
Earlier, Wanda Agard-Belgrave scored 24 points and Astrid Alleyne had 22 as Knockout queens Mpact Station Hill Cavaliers rolled to a 68-39 win against Combined Schools Hoopsters.
The win was the Cavs’ second straight, keeping their perfect record intact following their ninth Knockout title last month. It was a hard-fought victory, though, as the schoolgirls only trailed 20-13 at the end of the first before staying within striking distance (28-21) at the half-time break.
But Hoopsters scored a mere four points in the ensuing third quarter, all while Alleyne outscored them by herself with a 12-point outburst.
Station Hill blew open the contest on the back of a 21-4 run in the period until the two sides merely traded baskets in the fourth quarter.
Makela Walcott was the lone Hoopsters player in double digits with 12 points.
At Cave Hill, former schoolgirl Shanika Brome had a game-high 19 points and Tonya Corbin added ten in Warrens’ 50-27 win over debutants UWI Blackbirds on the losers’ home floor.
Former Clapham Bull Giselle Burke and Nikita President top-scored for UWI with six points apiece as the home team never led.