Basketball

No Curry, no problem as Warriors rout Rockets

Marreese Speights (centre) and Klay Thompson (right) of the Golden State Warriors go for a rebound against Dwight Howard of the Houston Rockets in game five of the Western Conference Quarter-finals during the 2016 NBA Playoffs at ORACLE Arena on Wednesday in Oakland, California.EZRA SHAW

CALIFORNIA, United States (AFP) — The Golden State Warriors brushed off the unsettling absence of injured star Stephen Curry on Wednesday to demolish the Houston Rockets and advance to the next round of the NBA play-offs. The Warriors’ hopes of successfully defending their NBA crown rec ... Read More

Warriors approve Lakers request to approach Walton
CALIFORNIA, United States (AFP) — The Golden State Warriors have given the Los Angeles Lakers ... Read More

Russell Westbrook (#0) of the Oklahoma City Thunder goes to the basket against the Dallas Mavericks in Game Five of the Western Conference Quarter-finals during the 2016 NBA Playoffs on Monday at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.Layne Murdoch Thunder roll over Mavs to reach second round
Los Angeles, United States (AFP) — Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook combined for 69 points a ... Read More

Granville Jaguars hunt fourth straight win
MONTEGO BAY, St James — Defending champions Granville Jaguars will go after a fourth straight ... Read More

Spurs cruise past Grizzlies, Curry hurts knee in Warriors win

Tuesday, April 26, 2016    

Klay Thompson (#11) of the Golden State Warriors shoots the ball against the Houston Rockets in Game Four of the Western Conference Quarter-finals during the 2016 NBA Playoffs Sunday at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas.AFP

Los Angeles, United States (AFP) — The San Antonio Spurs swept into the second round of the NBA playoffs on Sunday, eliminating the Grizzlies in four games with a 116-95 triumph in Memphis. The Spurs, seeded second in the Western Conference, became the first team to reach the conference semi-finals, powering past a Grizzlies team beset by injuries — most notably to Spanish big man Marc Gasol. In the next round the Spurs will face either Oklahoma City or Dallas. The Thunder, led by ... Read More

Curry suffers knee sprain, faces two-week layoff

Tuesday, April 26, 2016    

Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors stands on the court against the Houston Rockets in Game Four of the Western Conference Quarter-finals during the 2016 NBA Playoffs on Sunday at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas.Bill Baptist

Oakland, United States (AFP) — Golden State Warriors superstar Stephen Curry faces at least two weeks on the sidelines after suffering a sprained right knee, the NBA champions confirmed yesterday. Curry limped off the court during Sunday’s victory against the Houston Rockets, plunging Golden State’s hopes of defending their NBA crown this season into uncertainty. The reigning league MVP underwent an MRI exam yesterday to determine the exact nature of the injury. The Warriors ... Read More

Hornets snap play-off skid with win over Heat, Pacers pull level

Monday, April 25, 2016    

Jeremy Lin (left) of the Charlotte Hornets drives against the Miami Heat during game three of the Eastern Conference Quarter-finals of the 2016 NBA Playoffs on Saturday at Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, North Carolina.AFP

CALIFORNIA, United States (AFP) — Jeremy Lin scored 18 points to lead a balanced Charlotte attack on Saturday as the Hornets beat the Miami Heat 96-80 for their first NBA play-off victory in 14 years. After two deflating defeats in Miami, the Hornets fed off their home crowd to trim the deficit in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference first-round series to 2-1. In the late game Saturday, Damian Lillard scored a game- high 32 points as the Portland Trail Blazers beat Los Angeles 96-88 to ... Read More

Harden sinks clutch winner as Rockets stun Warriors

Saturday, April 23, 2016    

James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets goes to the basket against Marreese Speights #5 of the Golden State Warriors in Game Three of the Western Conference Quarter-finals during the 2016 NBA Playoffs on Thursday at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas.Photo: AFP/Bill Baptist

Miami, United States (AFP) — James Harden drained the game winner on a turnaround jumper with two seconds left as the Houston Rockets clipped the Stephen Curry-less Golden State Warriors 97-96 in a first-round NBA play-off contest. Harden’s clutch basket Thursday allowed the Rockets to cut the Warriors series lead in the Western Conference tussle to two games to one. “The last shot was typical of what James does,” coach JB Bickerstaff said. “The move, we’ve ... Read More

Granville Jaguars make it three straight

BY PAUL A REID Observer writer | Friday, April 22, 2016    

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MONTEGO BAY, St James — Defending champions Granville Jaguars won their third-straight game in the Western Basketball Association Elite Basketball League, a close two-point margin over MoBay Hoopers at the Montego Bay Cricket Club on Tuesday. After going behind by 21 points at half-time, 20-41, Hoopers stormed back to outscore the champions 33-24 over the next two quarters, but came up short at the end. The result left both teams tied on six points with Cricket Club, but Granville have p ... Read More

Rockers put Spartans to the sword in community basketball

BY HURBUN WILLIAMS Observer writer | Friday, April 22, 2016    

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Community Basketball League defending champions Arnett Gardens Rockers continued their inspiring performance over the opening half of the 2016 season with a convincing, come-from-behind 74-61 victory against Spanish Town Spartans in the ‘game of the week’ at Anthony Spaulding Sport Complex last week Thursday. Both teams entered the marquee contest with unbeaten records. After the win, Arnett Gardens Rockers took their unbeaten run to 6-0, while Spanish Town Spartans slipped to 6-1 ... Read More

Holy Childhood beat Camperdown to cop schoolgirls basketball title

BY GERALD REID Observer writer | Thursday, April 21, 2016    

HOLY Childhood High defeated Camperdown High 31-12 to capture the 2016 Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA) High Schools Southern Basketball Conference (SBC) title at the G C Foster College of Physical Education and Sports on Tuesday. As a result, Holy Childhood High thus retained the title they won last year after defeating St Hugh’s in the final, for their first back-to-back title and their seventh overall. Ashley Ferguson from Holy Childhood was voted the Most Valuabl ... Read More

Cricket Club Knights end Catherine Hall All-Stars’ perfect start

BY PAUL A REID Observer writer | Tuesday, April 19, 2016    

MONTEGO BAY, St James — Cricket Club Knights ended Catherine Hall All-Stars’ perfect start to the Western Basketball Association’s Elite Basketball League (EBL) season, coming from behind in the fourth quarter to win by seven points, 75-68, at the Cricket Club on Saturday evening. Catherine Hall had won their first three games and were favoured to win a fourth before Knights ended their run. Also on Saturday, defending champions Granville Jaguars won their second game, blowin ... Read More

Standing tall

Sunday, April 17, 2016    

Vashil Fernandez celebrates a victory with his Valparaiso college team.

Vashil Fernandez has made a smooth tranistion from a high school basketballer to a collegiate star. The lanky, 6’ “9, 225-lb Calabar student athlete, who can boast of eight CXC passes, has been transformed into a 6’ “11 255-lb husband, father and one of the best defensive ‘big men’ in all of US collegiate basketball. He came from extremely humble beginnings, where he lived with his maternal grandmother in Ewarton, St Catherine, before transferring to Calaba ... Read More

Rhodes Hall cop first sport title after upsetting Spot Valley

Saturday, April 16, 2016    

Members of the Rhodes Hall High school celebrate with the ISSA Western Conference Girls’ Open Basketball championship trophy after beating defending champions Spot Valley High 50-37 in the final played at the Montego Bay Cricket Club on Thursday. Both schools will represent western Jamaica in the all-island play-offs.

MONTEGO BAY, St James — Rhodes Hall High of Hanover won their first ever sports title after they upset favourites and defending champions Spot Valley High 50-37 in the final of the ISSA Western Conference Girls’ Open Basketball Competition at the Montego Bay Cricket Club on Thursday evening. Rodene Morris scored 32 points as Rhodes Hall overcame another slow start to run away with the victory as both teams qualified for the national play-offs. Spot Valley went into the game as favo ... Read More



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