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Caribs Shock Barras to Take Varsity Hoops Championship

The Caribs boys strike a winning pose after defeating the Barras.The Central High Caribs shocked the Educational Complex Barracudas Tuesday afternoon on the Barras home court to win the St. Croix boys varsity basketball championship, 50-46.
The last time the Caribs visited the Barras they were almost humiliated after trailing by as many as 27 points in the first half, before mounting a spirited comeback that came up just short.
This time, however, fresh off winning a tournament in Puerto Rico in which they defeated the Barras on their way to the tournament crown, the young-but-talented Caribs led from start to finish. The Barras also did not help their own cause, going a woeful 7-for-20 from the charity stripe.
Unlike their last visit to the Barras’ home court, the Caribs started fast and led by eight points from Javier Martinez and seven from T. Jones to grab a 17-10 lead at the end of the first quarter.
Better defense and six points from Salim Ross enabled the Barras to outscore the Caribs 11-8 in the second period and they went into the locker room down by just four points at 25-21.
The second half was evenly played so that every time the Barras would make a run the Caribs would come back with one of their own to keep the home team at bay. Martinez’s six points helped the Caribs outscore the Barras 13-11 in the third to go to the final quarter ahead by six points at 38-32.
The Barras made a valiant effort in the final period in trying to pull out the victory. Kadeem Jones’ nine fourth-quarter points was just enough to help his team hold on for the 50-46 victory. With the game in the balance the Barras had their opportunities but their woeful free-throw continued in the fourth quarter where they were a paltry 1-for-7.
Martinez led three Caribs in double figures with a game-high 16 points; T. Jones dropped in 13, and K. Jones netted 11 in the big win. For the Barras, Ross led the way with a team-high 14 points; Terrel Christian netted 13, and Tamoi Francis finished with nine.

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