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LSC edge Cavs to end slide


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LUMBER COMPANY LSC’s offensive woes are not quite done yet – even if the losing streak is.
Ian Alexander had all 16 of his points in the fourth quarter, as the defending Co-operators General Insurance Premier League champs survived a late-game rally before bouncing back via Sunday’s 75-70 thriller over Station Hill Cavaliers at the Barbados Community College.
It was a very welcome result following a brief two-game skid for LSC, who dropped their league contest against Pinelands before Warrens also upset them in the knockout’s first round.
And those results are probably the least of their concerns after the typically high-scoring champs passed 80 points just twice in the previous nine contests.
The rival Cavs only served to put a further spotlight on those struggles too, with Station Hill bottling up LSC’s prolific guards for the most part of a defensive mêlée.
But Alexander used mere heart and hustle to solve the Cavs conundrum, racing down the floor to fill the lane for transition baskets while also providing easy second chance points.
He actually started with a pair of long jumpers when Station Hill finally managed to lock the scores (52-52) early in the fourth quarter after trailing for the entire contest.
However, the defining play came just moments later, with the reserve forward going toe-to-toe with Lamar Grazette for a callous “and-one” throw-down over the rangy big man.
Alexander’s dunk party was just getting started too, as he added a tip slam to the list after getting the benefit of the whistle on a prior play where Darren Hunte seemingly got all ball on another two-handed attempt .
Yet the 70-60 cushion wasn’t enough to put away Station Hill, not once Kevin Sealy checked in to spark the most unbelievable of comebacks.
Punching past his defender for a lefty layup, Sealy then followed that up with a huge three-point banker before stealing the ball and finding Hunte for another long range bomb (72-70).
And the Cavs had a clear-cut opportunity to force overtime when Alexander split a pair of free throws with ten seconds left.
But Saeed Norville inexplicably drove baseline instead of looking for a game-tying trey off the ensuing inbounds pass, and further compounded the situation by blowing the reverse layup too.
Both Adrian Allman and Keefe Birkett had 18 points to lead LSC, who improved to a league-leading 8-1 record while Jamai Puckerin scored 17 points for Station Hill (6-3).
Earlier, Godfrey Leacock hit ten three-pointers in a career-best 49-point performance as Cougars recorded the highest point tally of the season in an astonishing 135-49 rout of Challengers.
It proved the fitting payback for the team’s first meeting this season when Challengers upset the title contenders.
The game featured a number of offensive records in local basketball’s stat sheet era, including the first time that two players had double-digit assists in the same game when Adrian Stewart and Selwyn Brooks both had 11 dimes.
Had Cougars kept their feet on the gas the eventual margin might have been more as the Hothersal side held a 69-19 halftime lead before passing the 100-point mark with two minutes remaining in the third quarter.
Damian Nicholls added 24 points and 11 rebounds for Cougars (5-4), Ricardo Jemmott had 21 points, while Stewart and Brooks each scored 14 points.
Ramon Ward led the last-placed Challengers (1-8) with 20 points while Nicholas Williams added 15.


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