STT Senior Varsity Hawks secure thrilling win over ESHS Rams

Franklyn L. Penn Junior of the Senior ESHS Rams goes airborne against two players of Charlotte Amalie High School Hawks. Photo: Charlie E. Jackson/VINO

Franklyn L. Penn Junior of the Senior ESHS Rams goes airborne against two players of Charlotte Amalie High School Hawks. Photo: Charlie E. Jackson/VINO


A dramatic finale to a day of High School Basketball unfolded on Saturday March 5, 2016 inside the Multi-Purpose Sports Complex in Road Town, Tortola as the Elmore Stoutt High School (ESHS) Rams entertained Charlotte Amalie High School of St Thomas, US Virgin Islands in the St Thomas-St John Inter Scholastic Sports Association Programme.

Jr Rams down Jr Hawks

First up in the four match programme was the Girls Junior Varsity encounter, which was won by the ESHS Rams, 26-11, led by 13 points, 6 steals and 4 blocks from Shauliqua Fahie.

Claury Scatliffe added 8 points and Mya Walwyn picked off 5 rebounds.

For the CAHS Hawks, T. Carty scored 4 points, K. Potter 6 rebounds and S. Dinzey 5 rebounds.

Jr Boys Hawks top Rams

The Junior Boys game went the way of the CAHS Hawks, 35-24, despite 10 points from Jomoi Levons and 8 points, 9 rebounds from K’ ntenay Maduro. Elroy Bollers added 4 points, whilst Antwan Robinson notched 5 rebounds.

For the CAHS Hawks, J. Gumbs scored 7 points, 4 steals, M. Williams and K. Callendar both scored 6, T. Martin 5 and M. Loius picked off 5 rebounds.

Jr Girls Hawks rout Jr ESHS Rams

The vastly more experienced CAHS Senior Girls then routed the shorthanded ESHS Rams, 44-18, keeping the host School scoreless until half way through the second quarter and holding a 24-8 half time advantage.

The third quarter saw more of the same as the pace of the Hawks began to take its toll on the Rams and the lead increased to a 25 point margin.

The Hawks got a 10 point, 5 steal performance from S. George, 9 from E. Aska, 8 from I. Gabriel and 6 from T. Southwell.

The Rams were led by 8 points each by Laresha Martin and M. Pickering, whilst Amber Penn grabbed 5 rebounds.

Senior ESHS Rams pipped by Hawks in thrilling affair

The real drama of the day unfolded in the final game between the Senior Boys teams, when a 4 point half team lead to the Hawks became a 2 point lead, 35-33, to the Rams at the end of the third period. With just over five minutes to play it was all square at 40-40 and then with four minutes remaining the Rams were up 46-43.

Into the last two minutes the Hawks snatched the lead at 47-46, but with a minute left the Rams leveled the game at 48-48, before conceding a visit to the paint for the Rams, who made it 50-48 with just 6 seconds remaining.

With last possession, Franklyn L. Penn Junior took on a long run to the opposition basket, but stumbled and lost the ball as the clock ran out to give the Hawks the victory.

D’moi M. Hodge finished with 23 points for the Rams, Penn Junior 7 with 4 rebounds, Lestin Wiltshire 10 with 4 rebounds and Devante Brewley 6 rebounds.

For the Hawks, J. Brodie top scored with 25 points, R. James 9, V. Toussaint 6 and D. Lynch 4.

Coach of the ESHS Senior Varsity Rams, Derwyn Scatliffe commented afterwards that his boys had done all he could have asked on the day “from a team that hasn’t been able to practice together too often and was tired after no doubt going to Spring Fest, I couldn’t have asked for much more.”

The Girls, Scatliffe hopes, will take a lot from the experience and realise that if they can get to the same level as the Hawks, then they could get a ticket to further education, like most of their counterparts have already secured and that would make the involvement, dedication and sacrifice from everybody all worthwhile.