Timberwolves rout the Knights 65-41 on day 2


Senior Sports Reporter


With the return of point guard Dominic Bridgewater in their line-up, the Anatol Rodgers Timberwolves feel as if they can shake off the disappointment of losing the Government Secondary Schools Sports Association's senior boys championship title and win the prestigious Hugh Campbell Basketball Classic.

Bridgewater, back in town after playing in high school in Florida last year, helped the Timberwolves secure a 65-41 rout over the CR Walker Knights in the feature game on day two of the week-long tournament at AF Adderley Gymnasium last night.

In the other games played, South Andros nipped the Mt Carmel Cavaliers 65-64, the Government High Magicmen clobbered the St Anne's Bluewaves 70-38 and the GSSSA champions CC Sweeting Cobras blasted the St John's Giants 68-36.

• Here's a summary:

Timberwolves 65,

Knights 41

Despite only playing less than 10 minutes in the game, Bridgewater canned a game high 11 points to lead a balanced scoring attack for Doris Johnson as they played for the first time since they lost to CC Sweeting in the GSSSA final a week ago. Bridgewater also had four rebounds and two steals.

No other player was in double figures for the Timberwolves, but K'Jay Nixon contributed nine points with four rebounds, Chrispen Rolle had seven points and seven rebounds and both Andre Calvert and Kirk Farrington chipped in with seven apiece. Devon Bonaby Jr added six points.

"We added Dominic Bridgewater back to the team for the tournament and so we are hoping that we can go all the way and win the title," said Timberwolves' coach Spurgeon Johnson Jr. "We went to the GSSSA championships without him, so we think that by adding him, he should carry us through. "He was a little rusty. He missed a couple of lay-ups, but as the tournament go on and more crowd come out to watch us play, he will get better and we will improve as a team."

In a losing effort for CR Walker, Stanley Laguerre had 10 points and nine rebounds. Their best scorer was Steffan McKenzie with nine points and eight rebounds. Branton Adderley finished with seven points.

Although Anatol Rodgers led from start to finish, CR Walker was able to make a couple of runs at their lead. But every time the Knights got close, the Timberwolves mounted an attack to pull away. After getting off to a slow start with a 15-13 advantage at the end of the first quarter, Anatol Rodgers broke away for a 31-22 halftime lead that they increased to 51-32 at the end of the third.

Cobras 68, Giants 36: If there was any doubts about whether CC Sweeting would still be on high after winning the GSSSA title, they proved it in their match-up against St John's College.

Brandon Strachan, coming of his most valuable player performance, ignited their charge with a game high 21 points with four rebounds and as many steals. Marco Beckford was also in double figures with 18 points, five rebounds and five steals. Jaydian Smith followed with seven points and Brent Smith chipped in with five.

The Cobras had an impressive 28-5 first quarter leads that they extended to 36-13 at the half. They put the game out of reach in the third as they went into the final break with a comfortable 52-19 cushion.

Voushaun Bullard was the bright spot for the Giants as he scored 11 points with four rebounds. Torrez Basden and Kyden Cash both had seven points.

Magicmen 70, Bluewaves 38: With three players in double figures, Davajio Taylor scored 17 points pace Government, who broke away from a close 11-10 margin at the end of the first quarter for a 28-19 advantage at the half. They went on to post a convincing 56-25 lead at the end of the third.

Tevon Kemp added 15 points with seven rebounds; Justin Larose had 14 points, five rebounds and four steals and Bionte Anderson had a big game with nine points and 10 rebounds.

Derryn Johnson led St Anne's with 17 points, 12 rebounds and five steals and two block shots, while Michael Wallace also had 17 points and five rebounds. The only other player to score was Thayne Braynen with four points.

Barracudas 65, Cavaliers 64: In the most keenly contested match-up of the day, South Andros was the first Family Island team so far in this year's tournament to post a win. Of course, the fans are still waiting to see who will be the first team outside of New Providence and Grand Bahama to win the title.

The Barracudas led 15-10 after the first quarter that they extended to 32-28 at the half. However, after the break, the Cavaliers stormed back to go up 45-42 at the end of the third and the two teams traded the lead in the fourth quarter before South Andros prevailed with the nail biter.

Kavano Porter had 22 points, 12 rebounds, two steals and as many blocks, while Mennalick also had 22 points in the win. Jeffrey Francis contributed 12 points, three rebounds, two steals and a block shot. Quinton Adderley added four points and three rebounds.

In a losing effort for Mt Carmel, Gregory Kay lid up the nets for a game high 31 points with eight steals; Eugene Neely had 14 points, eight steals and six rebounds and Jermaine Williams had eight points and six rebounds.

Today's schedule

4 pm Mt Carmel vs Temple Christian.

5 pm Tabernacle Baptist Academy vs CV Bethel.

6 pm Agape vs St George's.

7 pm Gateway vs Doris Johnson.

8 pm Patrick J. Bethel vs Sunland Baptist.

9 pm Sir Jack Hayward vs CI Gibson.


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