Wizards lead top eight into NBL quarters
DEFENDING champions Tivoli Wizards stopped Catherine Hall All Stars, 74-70, to advance to the quarter-finals of the FLOW/National Basketball League (NBL) following their Round of 16 game at the Montego Bay Cricket Club on Sunday.
In another quarter-final game at the venue, Granville Jaguars upstaged Spanish Town Spartans, 80-78, to book their place in the next round.
They will be joined by Urban Knights, St George’s Slayers, Runnin Rebels, Selassie Gardens, St George’s Saints and Pure Playaz in the last eight, which begins next Sunday.
In the feature game in St James, Anthony Farquharson topscored for Tivoli with 18 points, with support coming from Dwayne Harris with 13.
Catherine Hall’s Goyan Malcolm had a game-high 20 points and Marvin Powell, 18.
The Wizards led 39-27 at half-time and 57-47 at the end of the third quarter, but the home team rallied strongly in the final quarter and Tivoli only just managed to hold them at bay.
In the other match, Leroy Lawrence posted 26 points and Andrew Whilby 18 to lead Granville past the Spartans.
Lynford Brown bagged 26 points and Christopher Jenning 12 for the losers, who led 44-35 at half-time.
However, the Jaguars rallied to tie the game (61-61) at the end of the third quarter, then edged their opponents, 19-17, in the fourth for the narrowest of wins.
At Manchester High, Runnin Rebels — with 17 points and nine rebounds from Omari Green and 13 points and 13 rebounds from Jermaine Remekie — turned back Spaulding Hippers, 69-50, to advance.
Rayon Small with 12 points and Yoray Edwards with 10 and 18 rebounds were the topscorers for the Hippers.
In another game at the venue, St George’s Saints defeated Manchester Pythons, 69-61.
At Folly Oval, St George’s Slayers blew away Yallahs Gators, 109-52, while Pure Playaz had a 63-58 win over the JDF.
Damion Young was the topscorer for the Slayers with an impressive 37 points and 19 rebounds, followed by Paul Oliphant with 17 points.
Xavier Gordon scored 20 points and Rodger Rowe eight for the Gators.
At UTech, Selassie Gardens created the upset of the round when they ousted last season’s beaten finalists Majesty Legends, 67-56, while Urban Knights booked their spot with a 71-60 win over MoBay Hoopers.
Khaleel Smith with 15 points and Ricardo Willis with 14 inspired Selassie to victory.
Boldon Todd’s game-high 25 points and 11 rebounds and Havando Dunn’s 15 points and seven rebounds was not enough for Majesty.
The game was locked at 42-42 at the end of the third quarter, but Majesty allowed Selassie to take the last quarter, 23-14, for a convincing win.
In the other game, Andre Murray and Fernado Young combined with 19 and 16 points, respectively, to pilot Urban Knights past Hoopers. Hoopers’ Ryan Bolt scored a game-high 20 points and Neville Clarke 14.
Game One in the best-ofthree quarter-finals is set for Sunday with the Rebels versus Jaguars and Tivoli versus Pure Playaz at UTech.
Urban Knight will battle St George’s Saints and St George’s Slayers take on Selassie Gardens at Edgewater.