Maduro’s .02 seconds buzzer beater powers Youths past Rockers

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Jr. East Rockers and Jr. Bay Youths players fight for a loose ball under the basket 

By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway

 Jr. East Rockers Amarlee Glasgow was on a high when his shot broke a 68-68 tie that gave his team a 70-68 lead over Jr. Bay Youths, with .02 seconds left, in Sunday’s game at the Multipurpose Sports Complex. Then Kalique Maduro fired a deflating 3-pointer off an inbounds pass, giving Jr. Bay Youths a chilling 71-70 victory over Jr. East Rockers, that kept them unbeaten at 3-0.  

“At first, I thought the ref was going to call off the game because two second had passed,” said Glasgow, who had 11 points and seven rebounds. “So, I just left it at that. I thought we were going to win to be honest. I know it was my game, but it didn’t work out, so we have to come back strong again. ”

With the game on the line, Maduro, who finished with a game high 30 points and six rebounds, said he wanted the ball in his hands. “I was thinking shoot, that’s all I was thinking about,” he told Island Sun Sports. “When it went in, I said game done. That’s it. That’s all I wanted.”

Bay Youths Coach Nathaniel “Nat” Malone, said he told his guys to get Maduro the ball and told Maduro when he gets it, just shoot. “I trusted him and he delivered for me,” Malone said. “This was a hard fought victory. I give a lot of respect to the Jr. East team. They fought all night and they didn’t make it easy at all. But, I’m glad for the win.”

Jr. East Rockers Coach Marshall Thomas said that Bay Youths is a tough team. “We have a lot of work to do defensively, offensively, we fall short here and there. We’re going to go to the drawing board and come back,” he said. “The league is going to be a really nice league. It’s going to be competitive. I encourage everybody to come out and support.”

Malone, who got 18 points and 8 rebounds from Jaquan Hodge and Jelani Croal droppin 16 points, 7 rebounds, 6 steals and dished out 5 assists for his Bay Youths, said the victory will boost his team to play a little harder. “I love to get the well fought games, rather than just blowing out teams,” he said. “It shows us that we can really fight and win the nitty gritty games we need to win, in order to win a championship and playoff series.”

 For Jr. East Rockers,  Aaron Williams IIl, had a 14 points 17 boards double double. M’Kori Crabbe’s double included 13 points and 10 rebounds. Deandre Baijnauth contributed another 10 points to the tally.  

In the battle for the East, East Rockers got past East Under Rated, 52-49. Riquan Fahie dropped in three 3-pointers to finish with 13 points and 13 boards. Shakeem Tyson added 10 and pulled 19 off the rack. Timron Nickie had a game high 17 points as East Under Rated top scorer. D’Andre Mitchum pulled 13 off the glass to go with six points and six blocks.

B2 shaved Young Starz Jr., 35-31 in an U15 C-League game. Jashamayne Daniel led B2 with eight points as five players made the score sheet. Errol Flemming Jr., had a game high 19 points and 13 rebounds for  Young Starz Jr.

Weekend play began with the Virgin Gorda Jr. Mystics crushing 3D Big Dogs, 79-38. Lekoy Lennard narrowly missed a triple double with a game high 25 points, 10 rebounds and 9 assists. Keiji Nisbett poured in a 17 points 11 rebounds double double. Ryan Ramlall chipped in another 13 points. Jason Audain Jr., was 3D Big Dogs leading scorer with 19 points and 7 rebounds.

The Sr. Mystics toppled HLSCC Stingrays, 80-36, behind Frank Quashie’s 32 points. Shamarr George added a 22 points and 11 rebounds double while veteran Gary “The Glove” Hillhouse, contributed 11 points and pulled down 10 boards. Te’Mauri Jeffers was the Stingrays top scorer with 15 points. Deyonte Findlay added another 10.

Shakeem Blackmore led the unbeaten A’s with 31 points, 7 rebounds, 5 steals and 5 assists, during a 93-89 victory over Bay Youths. Jevonte Demming poured in 28 points with 7 rebounds., Noel McKelly chipped in another 11 points with 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Amal Serrant was the Bay Youth leading scorer with 28 points and 8 rebounds. Ashield Frett followed up with 21 points to go with 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Nathaniel “Nat” Malone, contributed another 14 points, dished out 7 assists and 4 rebounds to the scoresheet.       

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