Big wins for Hummingbirds, Spurs in Berger Elite League

By December 09, 2018

The Kingston Hummingbirds and Manchester Spurs pulled out emphatic victories over the St. Ann Orchids and St Catherine Racers in the Berger Elite League on Saturday night.

Kingston Hummingbirds, the defending champions, thumped St. Ann Orchids - 72-38 – in the final match of the night at the Leila Robinson Courts in Kingston.

Sabrina Spence scored a game-high 59 goals from 65 tries, while Shanice Beckford hit nine of 10 and Hasana Williams four from six to spur the Hummingbirds flew out of the gates who led 21-7 and 43-17 at half-time.

“I think we’re gelling more as a team now and we’re coming to be the team that we want to be,” said winning coach Winston Nevers, who rang the changes in the second half, which caused a drop in the tempo.

Still, the Hummingbirds were able to build a 58-26 advantage by the end of the third quarter.

“We have Shanice Beckford, who we want to give some time on the court,” Nevers said.

“We don’t want to have her play right through because she has a little niggling injury and so we just wanted to build the score and take her off.”

Meantime, St. Ann Orchids had no substitute bench and were playing without team leader Vangelee Williams, Thristina Harwood and Rebekah Robinson.

 “Three big players,” said head coach Janet Guy. “It affected them, but after a while, the girls found some energy. We decided we’re not giving up on any game, once we have players to play. Rebekah we’ve lost for a while because she has done her surgery, she’s recuperating; the captain wasn’t able to make it today and Thristina is injured.”

Simone Gordon was top scorer with 36 goals from 45 attempts, while Patricia McCalla netted one from one and Kimberly Thomas one from six.

In the early games, Manchester Spurs hammered St. Catherine Racers 58-38 while the Clarendon Gaters recovered from a slow start to nail St. James Sharpes 46-34.

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