TRINIDAD & Tobago Red Force created an eight-point cushion over Kent Spitfires for second place on the Group A table with a 32-run win over Windward Islands at Coolidge on Monday night.Despite a 104-run opening stand between Evin Lewis and Kyle Hope, Windwards held T&T to 214 after sending them in, but could only manage 182 in reply.Lewis propelled T&T early by dominating the opening stand with Hope, scoring 75 off 69 balls with 11 boundaries. Hope (29) and Nicholas Alexis (46) combined for another 75 as the top three accounted for the bulk of T&T’s total.Denesh Ramdin was the only other batsman to reach double-figures, making 22, before he was dismissed by Kesrick Williams at the end of the 43rd over to make it 180 for 4.His wicket sparked a rapid collapse as T&T lost their last seven wickets for just 34 runs and they couldn’t last all 50 overs, bowled out in 47.5 as Williams, Shane Shillingford and Kavem Hodge took three wickets apiece.Man-of-the-match Shannon Gabriel helped pin down Windwards’ reply, taking two wickets with the new ball while Rayad Emrit and Khary Pierre struck once each in the space of three balls to make it 43 for 4 in the 15th over.Sunil Ambris resuscitated the chase, continuing his superb tournament with his fifth half-century in six matches. Ambris added 58 with Hodge (27) and another 50 with captain Liam Sebastien.Gabriel, though, struck a controversial blow two balls into the 41st over, claiming Sebastien leg-before, playing back to a good-length ball which replays showed had pitched six inches outside leg stump to the left-handed Sebastien with Gabriel bowling over the wicket.With the tail exposed, Gabriel and Ravi Rampaul brought a swift end to play. Kyle Mayers fished an edge-behind off Rampaul for the seventh wicket before a pair of catches on the boundary by Alexis put T&T one run away from victory which Gabriel sealed by bowling Williams with a full straight ball two deliveries into the 47th, leaving Ambris stranded on 75.Gabriel’s 5 for 33 was his maiden five-for in List A cricket and he did it in just 50 deliveries.A win for Trinidad & Tobago over Kent in their next match would clinch semi-final spots for both T&T and Leewards.Windwards are still mathematically alive, but need a pair of bonus-point wins over Leeward Islands and Kent in their final two games, combined with three losses by Trinidad & Tobago and another Kent loss to West Indies Under-19.RED FORCE inningsE. Lewis c & b Hodge 75K. Hope c Johnson b Hodge 29N. Alexis b Williams 46J. Mohammed lbw b Hodge 1D. Ramdin c Hodge b Williams 22R. Primus run-out 0Imran Khan b Shillingford 3R. Emrit c Fletcher b Williams 0K. Pierre not out 3R. Rampaul lbw b Shillingford 7S. Gabriel b Shillingford 0Extras: (b-6, lb-5, w-17) 28Total: (all out, 47.5 overs) 214Fall of wickets: 1-104, 2-117, 3-121, 4-180, 5-180, 6-195, 7-203, 8-205, 9-214.Bowling: Williams 7-0-47-3 (w-9), Johnson 4-0-17-0 (w-1), Mayers 7-0-42-0 (w-1), Shillingford 9.5-0-24-3 (w-3), Hodge 10-2-34-3, Sebastien 10-0-39-0 (w-3).VOLCANOES inningsJ. Charles c Mohammed b Gabriel 5T. Theophile c wkp. Ramdin b Pierre 19D. Smith c wkp. Ramdin b Gabriel 4A. Fletcher lbw b Emrit 8S. Ambris not out 75K. Hodge c Mohammed b Imran Khan 27L. Sebastien lbw b Gabriel 25K. Mayers c wkp. Ramdin b Rampaul 5S. Shillingford c Alexis b Gabriel 4D. Johnson c Alexis b Rampaul 1K. Williams b Gabriel 2Extras: (b-2, lb-3, w-2) 7Total: (all out, 46.2 overs) 182Fall of wickets: 1-14, 2-23, 3-39, 4-43, 5-101, 6-151, 7-156, 8-165, 9-168.Bowling: Gabriel 8.2-1-33-5 (w-1), Rampaul 9-1-28-2 (w-1), Pierre 8-1-17-1, Emrit 6-2-24-1, Imran Khan 10-1-46-1, Mohammed 5-0-29-0.Points: Red Force 4, Volcanoes 0.
So instead of a showdown with the Wildcats, it was the Bees against the Black Knights in Sunday’s AA semifinal at SRC Arena, the Bees eager to avenge a 63-61, last-second defeat to RFA on Jan. 20.And it did so, prevailing 74-55 in a game that featured plenty of sophomore sensation J.J. Starling, but also a fine effort from the guys around him.Just like every other opponent this season, the Black Knights were bent on quieting Starling, which it did in the first quarter after he hit an opening-minute 3-pointer. But senior forward Bo Nicholson made up for it by pouring in 10 points to stake the Bees to an 18-13 lead. That margin grew to 28-19 midway through the second quarter despite just two field goals from Starling. Gradually, RFA cut the margin to two, but baskets by Starling and Braden McCard extended the Bees’ advantage to 32-26 going to the break.With neither team able to put together a run, Starling went to work midway through the third quarter, starting with a powerful dunk from the baseline and a 3-pointer from the top of the circle.Even more damaging was the 11-0 run that bridged the third and fourth periods, started by a Starling 3-pointer and culminating with Ben Bifulco converting from long range that made it 58-40, far too much for RFA to overcome.Nicholson finished with 22 points and 12 rebounds to complement Starling’s 31 points and 10 rebounds as Chase Trombley had seven points and Dan Fabrizio got six points.B’ville shot 54 percent (27-for-50) from the field, including 11-for-22 from 3-point range as it also out-rebounded the Black Knights 33-25. Damien Call led the Black Knights with 22 points as he became that school’s all-time leading scorer.Now it’s the Bees against Corcoran, who is seeking its first sectional title since 2000. Those two teams split their regular-season meetings, with the Cougars’ De’Jour Reaves having netted 30 points of his own in his team’s semifinal win over Bishop Ludden.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story For much of its history, the Baldwinsville boys basketball team has not come close to the sort of exalted status it is experiencing this season.Now the heights, and the stakes, are far bigger as on Saturday night at SRC Arena, the Bees will seek the Section III Class AA championship when it takes on the Corcoran Cougars.All of it started with last Tuesday’s wild turn of events in the sectional quarterfinal round. B’ville, the no. 4 seed, handled Auburn 78-44, then watched as top seed and defending state champion West Genesee was stunned by no. 9 seed Rome Free Academy.