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All-Stars look to rebound against Titans today

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

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MONTEGO BAY, St James — Catherine Hall All-Stars will hope to rebound after Saturday's defeat when they take on Sav Elite Titans in their Western Basketball Association Elite Basketball League today at the Montego Bay Cricket Club starting at 6:15 pm.

Catherine Hall were beaten by Holland Saints, snapping their two-game winning run, while Sav Elite Titans will be gunning for their second win after beating Cornwall Courts Chargers last week after back-to-back losses to start the season.

On Saturday, Granville Jaguars and Cricket Club Knights raced to their third-straight wins with victories over Inner-city Avalanche and Lucea Flames, respectively, at the Montego Bay Cricket Club to stay atop the points table.

Granville Jaguars beat Avalanche 68-52, while Cricket Club Knights were 74-66 winners over Lucea Flames. Both losers have yet to score a win.

Catherine Hall All-Stars, however, lost their perfect win record after they were beaten 68-81 by Holland Saints who extended their winning start to two games.

Holland Saints led from the start and were up by three points (16-13) after the first quarter and extended the lead to 10 (36-26) at half-time, and were further ahead by 15 points (62-47) going into the fourth quarter.

Player/coach Ricardo Brooks got a double-double 18 points and 12 rebounds as well as six assists for Holland Saints, Errol Steele led all scorers in the game with 27 points, while Aldane Anderson scored 19 points.

Michael Schloss had 22 points for Catherine Hall, Kurt Dorman scored 13 points, and had eight rebounds, Odane Whittaker scored 10 points and Mikhail Smith grabbed 11 rebounds.

Inner-city Avalanche, who have been searching for their first win all season after a winless run in the National Basketball League-West, staged a gallant fight against defending champions Granville Jaguars, but a poor third quarter in which they were outscored by 11 points 20-9 made the difference.

A sluggish Granville led by just four points (17-13) after the first quarter and were up 33-25 at half-time, before the sub-par third quarter saw then slip further behind 53-34.

David Gordon scored 19 points to lead Granville Jaguars, Cleon Morgan scored 17 points, Dave Black scored 10 points, and Tafari Vassell got15 rebounds and six steals.

Dane Morris led Avalanche with 12 points, Kaniel McKenzie scored 11 points and Clive Gentles scored 10.

An improved second half by Lucea Flames only served to close the gap on Cricket Club Knights who led 17-8 and 37-26 at the first two intervals.

Lucea closed the gap in the second half, but it was not good enough to overhaul Knights who were led by 18 points from Jhaun Bryan, 15 from Antonio Spence and 10 from Daniel Malcolm.

Jvon Calderon had a double-double 15 points and 11 rebounds, Julian Walker scored a game-high 19 points for Lucea Flames, while Sheldon Myrie scored 16 points and Sherwin Gilzine got 14 rebounds.

— Paul Reid

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