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Central A Too 'Smooth' for Central B in 72-38 Rout


Jan. 30, 2007 — The Central High Caribs A-team proved to be a bit much for their on-campus rivals, as they romped to an easy 72-38 victory over Central B at the Central High gymnasium Monday night.
Central High, having so many players, has been fielding two teams over the past few years. The A-team, led by Coach Alvan Jarvis, however, has always gotten the best of their on-campus rivals; and Monday night was no different.
Lacking the size and overall skill players at key positions to match up with Central A, the undersized Central B had no answer for the A-team's big man in the middle, Craig "Big Smooth" Williams. The much-scouted high school standout, rebounded, blocked shots and just about scored at will on his way to a game-high 31 points.
The 6-foot-eight-inch Williams appears to have all the shots, the moves and the work ethic to arguably make him the best local basketball prospect in recent years. This is made more evident by all the college coaches who have traveled from the U.S. mainland to get a firsthand look at his game.
The game Monday night, however, was marred by two ugly incidents, both occurring late in the second half with the game well in hand for Central A.
First, Central A guard, Rashawn Williams came down hard after a driving layup and suffered what appeared to be a serious injury to his right arm. He was immediately transferred to Juan Luis Hospital where it was determined that he had suffered a broken bone in his forearm. In the second incident, with about five minutes left in the game, play was held up for several minutes after a confrontation between two players under the Central B basket. However, quick reaction by the referees and coaches prevented things from really getting out of hand. The altercation resulted in a Central B player being disqualified from the game.
From the onset, it was obvious that Williams was going to be a handful for the shorter Central B players, and Coach Jarvis took full advantage of his team’s superior size in the middle. He went inside almost exclusively to his big man in the first quarter which resulted in 12 first-quarter points for Williams. His huge start propelled Central A to a 19-8 first quarter advantage and the rout was on.
Coach Jarvis called off the dogs a bit in the second quarter and Central B, behind nine points from Allen Burke, was able to outscore Central A 14-13 in the quarter to trail 32-22 at the half.
Central High really turned things up defensively in the second half. Their intense defensive pressure created havoc for the Central B guards, which in turn led to many easy baskets in the third quarter. It afforded Central A to move to the fourth and final quarter with a commanding 17-point lead at 49-32.
The dramatic fourth quarter turned out to be the worst for Central B. With their leading scorer thrown out of the game, they were outscored in that period 23-6 for a final score of 72-38.
Craig Willams' teammates, Davin Peters chipped in with 11 points and Rashawn Williams had nine points before his injury. Central B was led by Allen Burke, who netted 11 points, Kareem Harry with nine, and Shakeel Harley netting eight.
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