MONTEGO BAY, St James — MoBay Hoopers' slim hopes of making it to Thursday's final of the Flow National Basketball League-West competition ended on Saturday night after they were upset 66-55 by Lucea Flames in their rescheduled game at the Montego Bay Cricket Club.
Hoopers had to beat Flames and hope for an unlikely loss by defending champions Catherine Hall All-Stars to Railway Tigers yesterday to have any chance of making it to the final.
Meanwhile, the win by Flames who were coming off a close one-point loss to Railway on Thursday, kept alive their chances of staying in the league as they remained in a dead heat with Tigers who beat Sav Hawks 76-64 in the second game.
The results mean Catherine Hall and Granville Jaguars will meet in a repeat of last year's final, but not all is lost for Hoopers who will advance along with the finalists to the national play-offs.
Led by game high-scorer Craig Dorman, who scored 19 points in his third game, Lucea Flames came from two points behind to take a decisive lead going into the fourth quarter, outscoring Hoopers 25-9.
Dorman also had eight rebounds, three steals and five assists while Julian Walker scored 11 points, while Jason Blake scored 15 points to lead Hoopers while Omar Bell scored 11 points.
Railway won back-to-back games for the first time all season and had their most comfortable win over Hawks who were losing their 13th straight game.
Damion Smith had a double-double to lead Railway 20 points and 19 rebounds along with two blocks while Mikhail Smith scored 19 points and had eight rebounds.
Richard Russell scored 21 points for Sav in their losing effort, nine rebounds, four steals and two assists while Richard Chambers had 15 points, 10 rebounds, three steals and five assists.