Basketball

Inner-City Avalanche score upset win

BY PAUL A REID
Observer writer

Monday, June 04, 2018

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MONTEGO BAY, St James — Inner-City Avalanche snapped their season-long winless run last Saturday after scoring a 47-39 win over Sav-Elite Titans in their Western Basketball Association Elite Basketball League (EBL) first-round game played at the Montego Bay Cricket Club.

Inner-City Avalanche lost all their games played in the JABA National Basketball League-West competition earlier this season and the first three games of the EBL before finally coming good Saturday against Sav-Elite.

Also on Saturday, defending champions Granville Jaguars and Cricket Club Knights both raced to a fourth-straight win, beating Lucea Flames and Holland Saints, respectively.

Granville Jaguars had things easy against winless Flames, winning 83-60, while Knights came back from being down by double digits in the first quarter to hand Holland their first loss of the season, 81-71.

Dovial Smith and Fabian Julien both scored 12 points for Avalanche as they led from the start against Sav-Elite, who lost for the fourth time this season.

Avalanche led by three points, 9-6, as the teams started slowly and were up by just two points, 17-15, at half-time, before both teams upped the scoring tempo in the second half.

Avalanche stayed ahead at the end of the third quarter 34-25 as they held off the Westmoreland-based club, with Ryheem Barrett also getting 15 rebounds.

Rushane Drummond had a double-double for Sav-Elite — 10 points and 13 rebounds — and Troy Reid also scored 10 points in a losing effort.

Five players scored in double digits led by Rayon Gardiner with 17 points for Cricket Club Knights as they came back from trailing 4-14 in the first quarter to take over the lead early in the second quarter, before going on for a big win.

After a blazing fast start when they threatened to blow Knights out of the game, Holland Saints cooled down dramatically and only led by one point, 21-20, at the end of the first quarter.

Knights led 43-35 at the half- time break and were up by 12 points, 63-51, going into the fourth quarter.

Omroy Kerr and Antonio Spence both scored 14 points, Jhaun Bryan came off the bench to score 12 points and grab nine rebounds, and Daniel Malcolm scored 10 points for Knights.

Errol Steele led all scorers with 23 points in a losing effort for Saints, Michael Johnson scored 20, while Kenrick Lindo had 11 rebounds.

Jaguars had things easy against Lucea as they opened up a big lead and never looked back. They led by 12 points after the first quarter and were up 37-30 at the half after a mini rally from the Lucea team in the second quarter.

The champions re-established themselves in the third quarter, pushing the lead to 59-44 as Tafari Vassell had a big game scoring 29 points, Cleon Morgan scored 14 points, and Leroy Lawrence had 15 rebounds.

Sherwin Gilzine scored 15 points and had 16 rebounds for Lucea Flames, as Julian Walker was consistent with 18 points and Odane Collie scored 11 points.

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