Pinelands back on top
THE COMEBACK is complete.
Pinelands have their title at long last, ending a 12-year drought when they edged Lumber Company LSC 65-62 in last night’s deciding Game 5 of the Co-operators General Insurance Premier League basketball finals at the Barbados Community College.
The thrilling last-second finish capped the most improbable championships for the Pine, who lost the first two games of the series before falling behind by as many as 13 points in Game 4.
It’s their first league crown since 2002, putting the perfect punctuation to a season that also saw the star-studded squad capture the Knockout trophy.
Ramon Simmons led all scorers with 18 points, while finals MVP Jeremy Gill added 13 points, and Junior Moore and Charles Vanderpool both scored 11.
For the dethroned champs, Keefe Birkett had 14 points, but went three of 16 from the field, while Ian Alexander and Adrian Allman scored 11 apiece. (JM)