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Marsh seals Sonics’ win


Marsh seals Sonics’ win

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THE END of regulation featured a series of late foul-ups, bleeps and blunders.
There was no mistaking how good Akeem Marsh has been, though.
Warrens tried their best to give St John’s a win and Marsh obliged, scoring six of his game-high 32 points in overtime as Roll-A-Way Sonics clinched a 72-69 decision in Saturday’s Premier League basketball action at the Barbados Community College.
It was the second time in as many games Marsh broke the 25-point barrier following last weekend’s 26-point, 15-rebound performance in a loss to Station Hill.
At least this latest effort finally capped a win. But only just.
Warrens looked well on course for their third win in four contests after clinging to a 62-59 lead with 37 seconds in regulation left following a late 10-2 fourth-quarter rally.
This came on the back of the performance by burly centre Pearson Griffith, who scored six straight points on a pair of lay-ups and a short hook to turn a daunting 55-50 deficit into a 60-57 advantage inside the final minute.
Marsh blew by the six-foot-ten behemoth for a huge dunk (62-61) though, before watching opposing forward Kevin Austin inexplicably take a long contested jumper at the other end when Sonics would have been forced to foul with 23 seconds remaining.
And like clockwork, Austin was made to pay for the gaffe almost immediately, with Jefferson Trotman scoring a go-ahead floater on the next possession to leave just 1.2 seconds on the clock.
However, Dwayne Kellman repaid Warrens in kind, fouling Peter Alleyne on the ensuing inbounds play with the Warrens guard about 40 feet away from the basket.
But Alleyne missed the second of what would be the game-winning free throws, and Manuel Alleng’s ensuing tip missed at the buzzer, giving Sonics another chance that Marsh would not rue.
The gangly six-foot-nine forward scored six of the next nine points in overtime, hitting a short jumper, two free throws and a hook to put Warrens in the rear-view mirror. Warrens still had one last chance to force another extra period, but Levar Greaves settled for a long 30-foot triple with ten seconds left.
Kellman finished with 16 points and 15 rebounds for St John’s, who moved to the same 2-2 record as Warrens. Griffith ended with 17 points, ably assisted by Gavin Robinson’s 11.
Later, Mpact Station Hill Cavaliers survived a season-low seven first-quarter points by blowing open the game in the middle quarters to beat a short-handed First Works Warriors 78-66.
Darren Hunte had nine of his team-high 14 points in the third while Junior Moore added 12 points and ten boards to help the Cavs maintain their unbeaten record (4-0). Corey McDonald led the six-man Warriors (2-1) with 20 points and 15 rebounds while Nicholai Williams had 16 and 11.