Jaguars, Knights extend winning record in EBL

Observer writer

Monday, June 11, 2018

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MONTEGO BAY, St James — Defending champions Granville Jaguars and Cricket Club Knights both extended their winning record to five-straight after contrasting wins in the Western Basketball Association Elite Basketball League on Saturday.

Granville Jaguars held off a hard-charging Holland Saints by three points, 83-80, thanks to a game-high 24 points from Dave Black, while Knights had a walkover win after Catherine Hall All-stars failed to show up for their game.

Also on Saturday, Lucea Flames won back-to-back games, beating Sav-Elite Titans 46-39 after losing their first three games.

Granville managed to hang on for the close win after they were outscored 69-55 over the last three quarters following their leading 22-16 after the first quarter.

The advantage grew to 13 points, 44-31, at half- time before Holland Saints started their comeback and were down by 11 points, 50-61, going into the fourth quarter, making a big run and outscoring the champions by six points in the final period.

David Gordon had a double-double 12 points and 11 rebounds for Granville Jaguars, Leroy Lawrence scored 15 points, while Levar Rose scored 13 points.

Errol Steele had a double-double for Holland Saints with 21 points and 10 rebounds, Michael Johnson scored 20 points, Daniel Henry had 15 points, and Ricardo Brooks scored 10 points and had nine rebounds.

Lucea Flames came from behind to beat Sav-Elite by seven points in a low-scoring game, Javon Calderon leading the winners with a double-double 13 points and 19 rebounds.

Sav-Elite led 14-8 after the first quarter, but Lucea rallied and they were tied 17-all at half-time.

Lucea took over in the second half and led 32-24 at the end of the third quarter, and then went on to win as Sheldon Myrie scored 11 points and Norman Johnson had 11 rebounds.

Richard Munro also had a double-double for Sav-Elite Titans with 10 pints and 15 rebounds, while Troy Reid scored 10 points.

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