Basketball

Jaguars, Hoopers meet in crucial WBA game today

BY PAUL A REID
Observer writer

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

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MONTEGO BAY, St James — Former champions Granville Jaguars and MoBay Hoopers, two of three teams that will be seeking to solidify their semi-final places in the Western Basketball Association's Elite League, will meet in the second game of a double header at the Montego Bay Cricket Club today, starting at 8:00 pm.Granville Jaguars are in second place with 20 points from their 11 games played, four less than leaders and defending champions Catherine Hall All- Stars, who have won all 12 games played.

Holland Saints, who will also play Inner City Avalanche in the first game set to start at 6:15 pm, are in third place on 17 points, one more than Hoopers' 16, while Avalanche and Muschett Falcons are tied on 15 points.

On Saturday, Catherine Hall ran their record to a 12th-straight win, just edging Lucea Flames by a single point, 52-51, in a game that was affected by an hour-long power outage, while Hoopers beat Cricket Club Knights 64-58 in the second game.

Lucea, who are in seventh place in the eight-team competition, led after the first quarter 13-11 and stayed close to Catherine Hall throughout the game but fell just short of the upset.

Catherine Hall nosed ahead at halftime 26-22 and Lucea Flames cut into the advantage, pulling to within three points at 41-38 at the end of the third quarter, and further cut into the lead in the fourth quarter when they outscored the champions 13-11.

Goyan Malcolm was the top scorer for Catherine Hall with 12 points and Dwayne Johns also got into double digits with 11 points after a slow start, with Jermaine Rerrie scoring seven points and getting 13 rebounds.

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