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NBL-Western Conference heats up

Thursday, March 08, 2018

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MONTEGO BAY, St James- The see-saw between defending champions Granville Jaguars and MoBay Cricket Club (MBCC) Knights for the top position in the NBL-Western Conference is expected to continue today as Granville take on Holland Saints in a second-round game at the Montego Bay Cricket Club starting at 6:15 pm.

Cricket Club reclaimed the lead on Tuesday with a 63-58 win over Cornwall Courts Chargers, rebounding from Saturday's upset loss to Holland Saints.

Cricket Club are on 12 points from seven games, one more than Granville, with Chargers joining Holland Saints and Catherine Hall All-Stars on nine points each.

On Tuesday, Cricket Club came back from a double-digit first-quarter deficit to beat Cornwall Courts by five points, outscoring them 36-23 over the last two quarters.

Cornwall Courts led 19-9 over a slow-starting Cricket Club Knights at the end of the first quarter, and still trailed by eight points 27-35 at half-time.

They rallied in the third quarter to tie up the scores at 45-all, then took over in the fourth quarter as Antonio Spence and Rayon Gardner had double-doubles for the winners.

Spence had a game-high 26 points and 15 rebounds, Gardner scored 11 points and had 10 rebounds, Jhaun Bryan scored nine points and had 10 rebounds, and Omroy Kerr scored seven points and had 12 rebounds.

Mikhail Smith led Chargers with 25 points and 10 rebounds, Romario Doyley scored eight points, while Giovanni Bailey had five points, seven rebounds and 10 assists.

On Saturday, Catherine Hall will take on Cornwall Courts in the first game at 4:15 pm, followed by Inner-City Avalanche against MBCC Knights at 6:15 pm. then on Sunday, MBCC Knights will face Granville Jaguars in the first game, with Holland Saints and Catherine Hall facing off in the second game.

— Paul Reid

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