Hoopers tackle Flames for final spot
MONTEGO BAY, St James — The hopes of MoBay Hoopers and Railway Lane Tigers will be in the balance today as the regular season of the Flow-National Basketball League-West draws to a close with two rescheduled games today at the Montego Bay Cricket Club.
Hoopers, who are seeking to join Granville Jaguars in the final, will take on Lucea Flames in the first game after which Railway Lane Tigers will continue their battle against relegation when they take on Sav Hawks in the second game.
The regular season ends tomorrow with two more rescheduled games — Flames facing Granville in the first followed by Railway Tigers and defending champions Catherine Hall facing off in the second.
Granville wrapped up their place in the final two weeks ago and are just completing their fixtures, but will also be seeking to maintain their perfect win record after winning their previous 14 games to be on 28 points.
Defending champions Catherine Hall are next on 24 points and in pole position to take the other place in the final, while MoBay Hoopers are still in with a chance on 23 points.
In the other half of the tables three teams — Hawks, Flames and Tigers — are all on 16 points.
Sav Hawks' relegation has been confirmed, while the battle is on between Flames and Tigers to see which team will survive until next season.
Railway Tigers edged ahead of the drop zone on Thursday after a nail-biting one point (66-65) win over Flames who came back from a double digit deficit in the first quarter, but fell just short, despite 19 points from Craig Dorman who missed most of the first half of the game.
Tigers were off to a fast start and led 20-11 after the first quarter and 33-26 at half time before Flames stormed back in the second half led by Dorman who was playing his second game of the season.
Omar Biggs also scored 19 points for Lane Tigers along with five rebounds, six steals and five assists, while Mikhail Smith scored 11 points, five rebounds, two steals and four assists.
Dorman also had eight rebounds, while Julian Walker scored 11 points for Flames and had five rebounds and six steals.