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Barracudas Remain Undefeated, Outlast Tigers, 60-55


Feb. 13, 2007 — The Country Day School Tigers' Stephen O’Reilly scorched the Educational Complex Barracudas for 31 points Monday afternoon in the Complex gym, but not even his offensive outburst was able to deny the undefeated Barracudas their seventh win of the season, 60-55.
Both teams played great defense that forced numerous turnovers, but the home team was able to convert more of its turnovers into points that led to the victory, leaving them as the only undefeated varsity basketball team on St. Croix.
“This should have been an easy win for us, but we just did not take good care of the ball,” said Complex Coach Dean Heywood. “We committed too many turnovers. It made the game closer than it should have been.”
From the opening whistle, the teams went at each other with neither giving an inch. Ten first quarter points by the Barracudas' Mark Franklin, however, gave them a two-point lead at 17-15 after one quarter.
A balanced attack by the Tigers in the second quarter enabled them to outscore the Barracudas 15-11 in the period, which propelled them to the halftime lead at 30-28.
The Barracudas opened the third period on a defensive mission and soon put the clamps on the Tigers. Their half-court traps and full-court press forced the Tigers into a plethora of third-quarter turnovers, and behind nine points from star swingman Franklin, retook the lead at 44-39 heading into the fourth quarter.
O’Reilly desperately tried to get his team the win in the final quarter, but it was mostly him alone doing the scoring. Many times he brought them to within two of the lead, but the Barracudas always seemed to have an answer. His 14 fourth-quarter points was huge, but in the end it was not enough as the Barracudas were able to match the Tigers' 21 fourth-quarter points with 21 of their own, led by eight from Keith Paul.
The Barracudas were led by Franklin with 25 points, Ivor James netted 11 and Jamari Applewaite had nine. The Tigers were led by O’Reilly’s game-high 31, while teammate Kyle Davis chipped in with 10.
Central A 116, SDA 42
Craig ‘Big Smooth’ Williams continues to scorch the nets, as he dropped a game-high 35 points on the Seventh Day Adventist School, in a lopsided 116-42 Central victory. Ulric Thomas led SDA with ten points.


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