By RENALDO DORSETT
The 33rd Hugh Campbell Tournament tipped off Monday night at the AF Adderley Gymnasium with a trio of close finishes to set the tone for this year’s event right away.
CC Sweeting – 53
Teleos – 44
After trailing by as much as 17 points in the first half, Teleos stormed back to make a major statement against one of the tournament favourites.
Teleos came within two points in the fourth quarter before the Cobras eventually pulled away, sparked by Adrian Thompson.
Thompson finished with 20 points and nine rebounds, Corey Sands scored 13 and Anderias Blacks scored six points and grabbed eight rebounds.
When the Cobras came within two, 31-29, Thompson answered with a much needed three for the Cobras. He would go on to score 11 in the fourth quarter.
Thompson again scored a runner, but Teleos hung around on back to back scores from Arlington Brown.
Thompson finished with a steal and a three point play to give the Cobras a 47-38 lead with just under a minute left to play as they successfully staved off the upset
Brown led Teleos with 12 points and 11 rebounds, Jevaughn Ferguson scored six with 11 rebounds and four blocks wile Eamon Collie scored 10.
Westminster Diplomats – 45
St. Anne’s Blue Waves – 43
A go-ahead jump hook from Gurth Taylor gave the the Diplomats the lead with less than 30 seconds left to play. The Blue Waves missed several opportunities on their final possession to force overtime or take the lead.
Grevaughn Goodman led the Diplomats with 19 points, nine rebounds and four steals. Joshua Forbes scored 15. Reagan Cartwright led the Blue Waves with 15 points and Ashton Knowles finished with eight.
The Blue Waves led 4-3 early before the Diplomats forced four consecutive turnovers, leading to easy baskets on the opposite end. Forbes penetrated at will and scored six in the quarter, but it was a Malik Newbold layup just before buzzer sounded to pull the Blue Waves within three, 12-9.
In the second, Knowles gave St. Anne’s their first lead of the game with a fastbreak layup. It sparked a 9-2 run and they took 18-14 lead. Cartwright would score on a layup to give the Blue Waves an eight point lead, their largest of the game. The Diplomats reached the bonus with just over 1:30 left to play in the first half and they scored their final six points at the line. St. Anne’s took a 22-20 lead at the half.
Goodman tied the game with the opening score of the half, the first of three ties in a back and forth quarter. Tied again at 28 and 30, the Diplomats got brief separation when Goodman and Forbes scored layups. Knowles connected on a late buzzer beating three pointer to make the score 34-33 at the end of the third.
The Diplomats then led by as much as six points. As they threatened to pull away, Aaron Jordan made back to back three pointers to keep things close for the Blue Waves. Westminster led 43-40 with under a minute left to play when Knowles was fouled on a three pointer. He made two of three to pull the Blue Waves within one, 43-42 and fouled off the offensive rebound, he split another pair to tie the game at 43 with 40 secs left to play, just before Taylor’s heroics.
The Diplomats will advance to face the GSSSA champion Doris Johnson Mystic Marlins, Thursday at 2pm. The Blue Waves will now face elimination Friday at 12pm.
Anatol Rodgers – 42
Queen’s College – 40
Our first matchup of playoff teams lived up to lofty expectations as we got our first overtime game of this year’s Hugh Campbell.
Dominic Bridgewater suffered an injury to his shooting hand early in the first quarter but played through the pain to finish the go-ahead layup in the waning moments of overtime.
“I just had to play through it and continue fighting with my team” he said. “We know once we listen to what our coach says, execute and trust in each other we’re never out of any game so that’s it, just staying in it and fighting.”
Azaro Roker finished with a double double, 10 points, 16 rebounds and four blocks. Bridgewater finished with nine points and four steals.
Kofiannan King led the Comets with 14 points and 10 rebounds while Johnathan Walkine added seven.
Tied at 34 headed into overtime the T’Wolves were in a dangerous spot with Roker in foul trouble with four. He managed not only to stay in the game, but drew two offensive fouls in overtime. A Myles Green layup gave the T’Wolves a 36-34 lead, their first of the game. King eventually tied the game at 38 from the line and made another two the next possession for a 40-38 lead.
Roker followed a Bridgewater miss with a tip in to tie the game at 40 and, after their defence came up with a steal, Bridgewater finished a layup for the win.
The Comets led 15-14 at the half and a Rumalo Ellis’ layup gave the Comets a 27-20 lead with just under five minutes left to play in the third. It was their biggest lead of the game. Anatol responded with a pair of steals and came within a single possession on a Bridgewater runner. King converted a layup through contact to give the Comets breathing room at 32-27, but with a number of opportunities to put the game away, they faltered at the free throw line.
Green’s corner there made it 32-30 with just under a minute left to play and King followed with two misses at the line. Lavonne Moxey tied the game for the T’Wolves at the free throw line.
The T’Wolves will face the CC Sweeting Cobras Thursday at 10pm while the Comets will face the Teleos Cherubims Thursday at 10am.