On The Line

Granville Jaguars seek to continue winning ways in WBA Elite League

Observer West writer

Thursday, May 09, 2019

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MONTEGO BAY, St James — Former champions Granville Jaguars will put their three-game winning streak on the line this evening when they take on promoted Montego Bay Boys Club Warriors at the Montego Bay Cricket Club in their Western Basketball Association Elite League, set to start at 7:00 pm.

The teams will be familiar with each other as a number of the Warriors' players were on the Granville roster last season, including Tafari Vassell, who leads the league with rebounds and is third in points.

After losing their opening game to defending champions Catherine Hall Stars by a point, Warriors have won back-to-back games, beating Holland Saints and Sav-Elite Titans.

A win for Warriors today, would put them in a three-way-tie for the lead with Granville Jaguars and Cricket Club Knights, all on seven points.

Granville have cruised so far with their three wins, over Cornwall Courts Chargers, Lucea Flames and Holland Saints.

Last Saturday, Cricket Club Knights lost their perfect win record when they were ambushed by Holland Saints (81-71), while Sav-Elite Titans got their first win, beating Cornwall Courts Chargers (73-47).

Antonio Spence and Rayan Gardiner both had double-doubles for Knights who got off to a fast start and were up 26-18 after the first half, before Saints trimmed the deficit to five points, 45-40 at half time.

The Trelawny team took over in the third quarter and was up by one point (59-58) going into the fourth quarter.

Kenrick Lindo had a double-double for Holland with 14 points and 13 rebounds with Michael Johnson scoring a game high 23 points, Alex Levy scored 18 points and had nine rebounds, while Ricardo Brooks scored 10 points.

Spence scored 18 points and had 16 rebounds, Gardiner scored 13 points and had 10 assists as Jermaine Allwood and Jhaun Bryan both scored 10 points each.

In the first game, Shelmar Bromfield and Rushane Drummond both scored double-doubles for Sav-Elite Titans, who got off to a fast start and continued to increase their advantage as the game went on.

Sav-Elite led 21-8 after the first quarter and increased their advantage in the second quarter, leading 37-18 at half time and 53-36 at the end of the third quarter.

Bromfield scored 23 points and had 11 rebounds and Drummond scored 17 points and had 15 rebounds with Androy Clarke scoring 10 points, coming off the bench.

Franz Clennon scored 12 points and had nine rebounds to lead Cornwall Courts, while Adrian Campbell scored nine points and Leonardo Friginette scored eight and had five rebounds.

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