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BCC b-ball champs

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BCC now has a new meaning.
Beat Cawmere Convincingly!
Led by a team-high 23 points apiece from Orion Seale and Jae Harris, the Barbados Community College did just that as they romped to a 89-63 win over their Waterford opponents in the final of the United Insurance Senior Schools Basketball Competition, to capture the Victor Payne Challenge Trophy.
Playing at the Gymnasium, BCC used a decisive 16-0 run within the final three minutes of the third quarter to turn a six-point advantage (58-52) into a 22-point rout heading into the final quarter.
Combermere had trailed by as many as 17 points, before two separate runs had threatened to neutralize BCC’s earlier efforts.
The first run came midway through the third quarter with BCC seemingly coasting at 37-19. However, two back-to-back treys from Combermere’s Jamal Singh and Jamario Clarke, followed by a driving layup by Tionne Bostic, reduced the lead to nine (27-36) with 4:44 to go.
But an 8-0 run by the Eyrie Eagles, led by Harris and Kelan Phillips stretched the lead back up to 17, before two “and-one” plays by Clarke cut the deficit to 12 at the half (46-34).
And when once again spearheaded by Clarke, Cawmere launched a menacing 7-0 run to pull within six with 2:48 remaining in the third period, Seale almost single-handedly silenced the large Waterford posse who could be heard shouting their usual “awww mannn” and “dah easy” chants.
He accounted for nine straight points at one stage, including a huge trey which carried the score to 70-52 with 1:36 left, as Combermere never got any closer than 20 points for the rest of the contest.
There were also ten points each for eventual MVP Stefan Ottley, Phillips and Taurean King for the winners. Clarke had a game-high 24 points and Singh scored 16 for Combermere.

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