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NBL-West final berths on the line today

Sunday, April 08, 2018

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MONTEGO BAY, St James — Places in the finals of the National Basketball League (NBL)-West and qualification to the all-island play-offs will be at stake today in the semi-finals set for Montego Bay Cricket Club at 5:00 pm.

Defending champions Granville Jaguars will face Catherine Hall All-Stars in the first game set for 5:00 pm followed by Montego Bay Cricket Club Knights against Holland Saints in the second game, with the winners qualifying for next weekend's final at the same venue.

Today's winners will also qualify for the all-island play-offs set to start later this month.

While Jaguars and Knights will start favourites after finishing first and second in the regular season, the teams had shared wins in their two meetings earlier.

Catherine Hall will hope they will have momentum on their side after they had edged Jaguars 71-70 in their rescheduled second-round game, after losing the first game 47-74.

On paper though Jaguars will have the edge, but Catherine Hall have an experienced core that could make the difference in the final scoreline.

The second game could be the more competitive of the two, with both teams eager to make it to a major final for the first time.

'Cricket Club' have been steady for most of the season, winning their first game over 'Saints' 71-66, but then lost the second game 74-78. Both teams have players who could make the difference.

— Paul Reid

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