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Granville Jaguars meet MoBay Cricket Club Knights for National Basketball — West crown

Observer West writer

Thursday, April 12, 2018

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MONTEGO BAY, St James — Defending champions Granville Jaguars and Montego Bay Cricket Club Knights will met on Saturday at the Montego Bay Cricket Club to decide the champions of the National Basketball — West after scoring convincing semi-final wins last weekend.

The teams which finished first and second in the points table in the regular season justified their rankings as Jaguars beat Catherine Hall All-Stars 73-62 in their game, while Knights prevailed 89-77 over Holland Saints.

Both finalists also earned spots in the national play-offs after qualifying for the final.

They will be meeting for the third time this season after splitting their first two meetings. And based on last Sunday's semi-finals, the game on Saturday promises to be close.

On Sunday, an injury to Catherine Hall's Kurt Dorman late in the second half significantly weakened the team and tipped the scales in favour of Jaguars in what was a close game for the first three quarters.

Jaguars led by three points, 18-15, after the first quarter; by four at half-time, 35-31; and two, 49-47; at the end of the third quarter. But with Catherine Hall left with just six players, Granville Jaguars ran away in the fourth.

Levar Rose led all players with 26 points.Dave Black scored 14 points, while Tafari Vassell scored nine points and had 11 rebounds.

Dwayne Johns was the leading scorer for Catherine Hall with 14 points, Vaughn Corke scored 12 and Goyan Malcolm had 11.

Knights dominated Saints in their game as they led 23-16, 38-32 and 69-56 at the end of the three quarters, with Jhaun Bryan getting a double-double 12 points and 14 rebounds. Antonio Spence led the scoring with 21 points and Omroy Kerr scored 13 points.

Holland's coach/player Ricardo Brooks also had a double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds, Michael Johnson scored 21 points and Errol Steele scored 16 points.

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