Griffith lifts Trailblazers to comeback victory in OT
Conrad Griffith scored a game-high 30 points to help Trailblazers Basketball Academy record an exciting 103-92 overtime victory against New Age Ballerz in the Toyota/Powerade Youth Division of the Super 10 Basketball League on Sunday at the Jean Pierre Sports Complex, Port of Spain.
In the Boy’s Under-21 contest, New Age Ballerz inched ahead after the first quarter with a 15-14 lead and extended their advantage 37-26 at half-time.
They extended their lead in the third period before Trailblazers scripted a comeback after employing a man-to-man defence that started to produced results and easy baskets for Griffith. He netted 12 points in the session, as Trailblazers outscored the opposition 26-20 to reduce their deficit to five points 57-52.
In the fourth quarter, Trailblazers continued to push, and when the final second ticked away the scores were leveled at 79-79.
In the five-minute extra-time period, Trailblazers outscored their opponents 25-13 for the victory despite Griffith being fouled out with just one basket in the session.
Griffith got support from Javani Andrews, who scored nine of his 21 points in extra-time, while Jalani Mapp contributed 13 and Justin Abasali chipped in with ten.
For New Age Ballerz, point-guard Kevon Khan led the way with 24 points, and Matthew Sheppard added 11, but was one of four players from his team that fouled out.
In the Boys’ Under-15 Division Tyrik Singh, son of former national women’s player Avis McIntosh, scored 30 points to guide Caledonia Clippers to a 94-39 win over Off Limits at the same venue.
Singh got support from Raheem Borel (18), Kareem Pitt (14) and Fidel Iwueke who added 12.
For Off Limits, who trailed 28-47 at half-time, only Adams James reached double figures with 12 points, while Josiah Superville and Jabari Williams added six points each.
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Maloney Pacers vs MoS Schoolaz (Men), 8.30 p.m.