Thunder roar again in Hi-lyte/Insport league

BY PAUL A REID Observer Writer

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

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MARTHA BRAE, Trelawny — William Knibb Thunder improved their perfect record to three straight on Sunday after a 12-point 63-51 win over winless Muschett Cardinals in their Hi-lyte/Insport Western Basketball Championships at William Knibb Courts.

Thunder and Montego Bay CC Knights are the only teams yet to lose a game in the competition. Knights lead with eight points from four wins, one more than Rockeybar Ballers, who beat Trelawny Tornadoes, 82-47, also on Sunday.

Tornadoes, Inner-city Avalanche, Coral Gardens Raptors and Thunder are all on six points. Sav J-Hawks and Granville Wolfpack are on five, followed by Cornwall Courts Chargers and Boys Club Warriors on three each.

One game is set for today, Avalanche taking on Chargers at the Montego Bay Cricket Club starting at 6:30 pm.

On Sunday, Thunder, who were led by Shavaughn Reid's 18 points, got off to a fast start, did not let up, and went on their way to a good win.

Huntley Duhaney scored 15 points and had 10 rebounds, while Martin Belnavis also contributed 10 points for the Thunder.

Michael Schloss was the topscorer for Cardinals with 15 points, while Shaquille Rose scored 13.

In the other game, Ballers handed Tornadoes their second straight win with a dominant second half where they outscored their opponents by 20 (44-24) after an even start.

Ballers led 13-12 after the first quarter, but blew the game wide open in the second quarter when they outscored Tornadoes, 25-11, for a 15-point lead at half-time.

Aldain Anderson scored a season-high 27 points for Ballers; Dwayne Hart scored 17 points, nine rebounds and seven blocked shots, while Roneal Issacs scored 13 points and had 11 rebounds.

Antoniel Watson had 17 points and 13 rebounds for Tornadoes, while Daniel Henry scored 10 points.

On Saturday, Boys Club Warriors scored their first win after beating winless Cornwall Courts Chargers, 60-57, at Montego Bay Boys Club.

After trailing at the end of the first quarter, Warriors managed to outscore Cornwall Courts for the remainder of the game to snap their two-game losing skid while extending Chargers to four straight losses.

In another game played at Whithorn, Sav J-Hawks handed Inner-City Avalanche their second straight loss, beating them 51-42.

At Boys Club on Saturday, Sheldon Lyle led the home team with a game-high 19 points, while Andrew Parkinson scored 17 and Fabian Gifford had 11.

Wayne Morris had 14 points and 10 rebounds for Cornwall Courts; Mikhail Smith scored 13 points, while Odean Campbell had 10.

At Whithorn, J-Hawks also recovered from a slow start, trailing Avalanche by two points after the first quarter to beat the Montego Bay team by nine.

Avalanche won their first two games of the season before losing to Knights earlier in the week and then to Sav on Saturday and saw Andy Simpson score a game high 17 points in a losing effort.

Chescardo Grant score 10 points to lead J-Hawks, while Richard Munroe had nine points and eight rebounds for the winners.




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