Quarters descended on the Pleasantville indoor court overflowing with stars, including Ako Pascal, Adrian Joseph, and Jeffrey Harris, but it was the ‘small man’ on the court, Jason Friday (team-high 19 points) who stole the show in a Quarters 100-60 win, as the Big Basketball League finally jumped off after a month delay. Having waited for a month to start, the fans were made to wait a little longer as the game started over an hour late for various reasons.
Once the game started, it was all Quarters from the tip-off. The Southern team romped to a 22 -14 first lead and a halftime 46-24 lead. By that time, the US-based high school player had already scored 10 points.
The second half was more or less the same as the first as the young guard scored 9 more to finish on 19, followed by Adrian Joseph (15) and his ‘partner in crime’ for many years, the crafty Ako Pascal with 13 points.
Morvant Oilbirds, playing in their first big competition, got a game-high 21 points from their captain Anotnio Ambris and 11 from Venezuelan Obel Guerra.
After the 40 point win, Oilbirds leader Antonio Ambris said it wasn’t as bad as they thought. He acknowledged the Quarters team is very experienced but “we just didn’t execute, especially in defense. They are an experienced team, we know they would kill us.It was a good experience.”
Having played with Straker Nets and UTT, this is Jeffrey Harris’ first stint with Quarters. Usually wearing the number 8, the PE teacher scored 8 wearing the number 6 jersey. He was full of praise for the Oilbirds, saying “i have to give it up to the Oilbirds organisation” for the work they are doing in the Morvant community. He pointed out “they need a ‘big man’, I will give them that advice”.
Saturday’s games: 2pm- Police vs UTT; 4pm- Maloney Pacers vs Spartans.