MONTEGO BAY, St James — Granville Jaguars sent the biggest signal they are the team to beat in the Flow National Basketball League-West this season after hammering defending champions Catherine Hall All-Stars, 102-64, at Montego Bay Cricket Club on Tuesday.
It was the fifth time Granville were topping the 100-point barrier this season and the biggest margin of defeat for Catherine Hall in the past three.
After two closely contested games earlier when Granville won by six and two points respectively, Tuesday's game was expected to be another close one, but with Catherine Hall turning up with just six players and without three regular starters for the tip-off, Granville seized the initiative and never looked back as they romped to their 12th straight win in an anti-climactic game, while All-Stars lost ground in the race for second place to MoBay Hoopers.
Despite starting without Goyan Malcolm, Kurt Dorman and Vaughn Corke, the All-Stars stayed in contention, trailing, 16-24, after the first quarter, but despite Malcolm turning up for the second quarter, slipped further behind to trail, 35-48, at half-time.
The ejection of Ali Thompson with seven minutes, 51 seconds left in the second quarter did not help All-Stars' cause.
Granville, who secured a place in the finals after winning the previous game, were consistent throughout despite limited playing time for Leroy Lawrence, a regular starter who came off the bench after sitting out the previous game.
Led by Andrew Whilby and Levar Rose, who both scored 21 points, Jaguars stepped up the tempo in the third quarter, outscoring Catherine Hall, 25-20, then clamped down the defence in the fourth quarter, restricting the champions to just nine points, their lowest output in any quarter in a number of years.
Whilby added 18 rebounds to his tally, Otis Foster scored 13 points, while Lemardo Gaubault also scored 11 points for Jaguars.
Despite his limited minutes, Malcolm was the top-scorer for All-Stars with 18 points; Jermaine Rerrie scored 11 points and had nine rebounds, while Dorain Williams scored 13 points in his first start this season.