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Catherine Hall All-Stars, MoBay Warriors seek titles in Western Basketball league

BY PAUL A REID
Observer West writer

Thursday, September 06, 2018

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MONTEGO BAY, St James — Catherine Hall All-Stars and MoBay Boys Club Warriors will on Saturday seek to wrap up the Western Basketball Association men's titles as they take 1-0 leads into their respective Elite League and Men's Division One finals at the Montego Bay Cricket Club courts.

On Sunday, Catherine Hall All-Stars upset the top-ranked Cricket Club Knights with a 76-86 scoreline, 24 hours after knocking out defending champions Granville Jaguars 2-1 in their best-of-three semi-final series. Meanwhile, Warriors routed UWI-WJC Jayhawks by 35 points, 96-61.

If necessary, in any of the games, the third and decisive match will be played Sunday, also at the Cricket Club courts.

Catherine Hall finished third in the regular season by failing to beat either Granville or Knights, but have shown their pedigree with three straight victories after losing the first game in the semi-finals by one point to Granville.

Sunday's loss snapped Knights' nine-game winning streak that included a 2-0 semi-final win over Holland Saints, and they must win on Saturday if they are to come away with their first WBA title.

Vaughn Corke came off the bench to score a double-double 13 points and 11 rebounds, while Michael Schloss scored a season-high 39 points to lead Catherine Hall to their victory.

It was Catherine Hall, feeding off their big 20-point win the previous night, who were able to impose themselves on Sunday. After a slow start they took over the lead at 14-13 after two straight baskets from Schloss, then extended the lead to 20-16 after the first quarter and that four-point lead then became a 10-point gap, 43-33, at half-time.

Schloss and Corke combined for 52 of Catherine Hall's points, while Jermaine Rerrie got 12 rebounds and Goyan Malcolm scored six points, seven rebounds, eight assists, and seven steals.

Omroy Kerr led Cricket Club with 21 points and had eight rebounds, Antonio Spence scored 15 points, and Jhaun Bryan scored 11 points and had nine rebounds.

Warriors and Jayhawks split their two games in the first round and were tied at the top of the points table. But it was a blowout win for the Warriors team led by David Gordon, who just missed a double-double after scoring a game-high 32 points and had nine rebounds.

Jayhawks led 17-9 and 38-17 after the first and second quarters respectively.

There was a brief rally in the third quarter when Jawhawks outscored Warriors 26-22, but that only served to put a small dent in the deficit as they were still behind by 17 points, 60-43, going into the final quarter during which they were outscored 35-18.

Andre Hayles was the other Warriors player to score in double digits with 10 points as Rhyheem Barrett and Alek Gilchrist both got 10 rebounds.

Three players scored in double digits for Jayhawks — Antonio Spence scored 18 points, Odane Whittaker scored 13 and had eight rebounds, while Kyle Schloss scored 13 points and also had eight rebounds.

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