Basketball

West falls short in NBL

BY PAUL A REID
Observer West writer

Thursday, May 24, 2018

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MONTEGO BAY, St James — Both western representatives fell short in the Jamaica Basketball Association National Basketball League (NBL) after they were beaten by Southern Conference teams in Sunday's quarter-finals.

NBL-West champions Granville Jaguars went down 80-72 to Pembroke Hall Warriors at the Montego Bay Cricket Club, while Cricket Club Knights were beaten by 10 points by Southern Conference champions St George's Slayers 74-64 at the National Arena in Kingston.

It was a clean sweep of the quarter-finals by the Corporate Area teams as Urban Knights wore down Central Conference's champions Team Aaah 81-53 at the Cricket Club and UWI Running Rebels spanked Eastern Conference's Pure Playaz by 49 points 96-47.

The semi-finals are scheduled for Saturday, June 26, at the National Arena.

Despite a late run led by a game- high 23 points by Dave Black, Granville Jaguars came up short against Pembroke Hall, who led 23-17 after the first quarter, 45-34 at half-time, and 65-51 going into the fourth quarter where they were outscored 21-15 by the Western champions.

Damien Young led the Warriors with 19 points and Michael Jackson scored 18 points.

Despite 13 points and 10 rebounds from Antonio Spence, Cricket Club Knights also came up just short against Slayers who they outscored by 10 points 18-8 in the final quarter.

Slayers led by a point 23-22 after the first quarter, but increased the margin to seven points 44-37 at half-time, and pushed it into double-digits in the third quarter, leading 66-45.

Michael Rogers of Slayers led all scorers with 17 points.

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