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Cawmere champs


Cawmere champs

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THE GREAT KOLIJ have been defeated.

The Division 1 league was snatched out of the hands of two-time defending champions Harrison College when “Cawmere” won the Massy United Insurance Schools Basketball Championship via a 66-59 victory in yesterday’s final at the Gymnasium of the Garfield Sobers Sports Complex.

It was an action-packed game from the start, with Combermere having the upper hand throughout the rematch of last year’s title game as Premier League big man Jehu Lafeuille scored 29 points to lead the newly assembled team.

Starting the second quarter with back-to-back slams, Lafeuille transformed a close 19-17 contest into a comfortable 36-23 half-time advantage, before Kolij threatened briefly on the other side of the break amidst a three-minute Combermere scoring drought in the ensuing third quarter.

Yet Harrison College didn’t go quietly, reducing the deficit to just five points (36-31) before making the game a one-possession game (50-48) following spurts from swingmen Joel Hunte and Nikolai Burton.

But they never got closer the rest of the way as Lafeuille, Andrew Ifill and Theo Greenidge slammed the door shut. Ifill finished with 11 points while Greenidge and Josiah Beckles added ten points apiece. Hunte and Burton had 25 and 17 points, respectively, for Harrison College.

Earlier, Shaquan Newton and Chemar Steele scored 22 and 20 points respectively to lead Graydon Sealy to a 57-53 victory over Ellerslie in the Division 2 final. (RG)

Graydon Sealy guard Shaquan Newton (with ball) attempting a floater over Jamali Holder of Ellerslie.