MONTEGO BAY, St James — Defending champions Catherine Hall All-Stars rebounded from their embarrassing beating at the hands of Granville Jaguars on Tuesday to beat Lucea Flames 75-58 in their Flow National Basketball League-West third round game at the Montego Bay Cricket Club courts on Saturday.
Catherine Hall and MoBay Hoopers are in a virtual dead heat in the race for the second spot in the final behind Granville and after their loss, Saturday’s win gave them some breathing room, but not much.
All-Stars are tied with Granville on 24 points but have played two more games than the leaders, while Hoopers are a game back and are on 22 points.
The top three teams have already secured their places in the national play-offs, but at the other end of the tables there is a three-way fight to avoid relegation.
Railway Lane Tigers got their second win from a forfeit after Sav Hawks failed to show up for their game on Saturday to join Lucea Flames on 13 points, both with four games to go, two points behind Sav Hawks who have a game to play.
On Saturday, Lucea Flames managed to stay within striking distance of Catherine Hall for the first three quarters, but could not match their intensity in the fourth which they lost 30-19.
Catherine Hall were up by five points (14-9) after the first quarter then upped it to eight at half-time (30-22) before Lucea cut it to six going into the fourth quarter.
Marvin Powell scored 21 points to lead Catherine Hall, Goyan Malcolm scored 19 points and eight rebounds and seven steals, while Jermaine Rerrie scored 18 points and had 21 rebounds.
Sheldon Myrie and Cordell Gordon had double-doubles for Lucea. Myrie scored 21 points and had 19 rebounds, Gordon scored 20 points and had 14 rebounds, while Julian Walker also scored 10 points and had six rebounds and five steals.