Flames scorch All-Stars to fire up relegation battle

Saturday, July 08, 2017

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MONTEGO BAY, St James — Lucea Flames improved their chances of avoiding relegation from the Western Basketball Association iCool/iDrade Elite Basketball League after a shock 67-58 victory over defending champions and semi-final qualifiers Catherine Hall All-Stars in the first game of a double-header at the Montego Bay Cricket Club on Thursday.

Catherine Hall ended their regular season with 39 points and have already secured a spot in the play-offs, but could be passed for the top spot by Granville Jaguars if they can win their three remaining games.

Flames moved to sixth place with only their sixth win of the season, while Holland Saints secured their semi-finals place after coming from behind to beat Cricket Club Knights 72-70 on Thursday.

Holland are on 32 points with two games to play, including one against Muschett Falcons in a Trelawny derby in the second game of a triple-header set for this afternoon at the Montego Bay Cricket Club.

MoBay Hoopers and Cricket Club Knights, who are battling for the final semi-final spot, will meet in the first game set to start at 4:30 pm, while Granville Jaguars and Flames will meet in the 8:00 pm game.

On Thursday, Lucea Flames, who had just five players at the start of the game, produced a strong second half to beat Catherine Hall, outscoring them 29-20 over the final 15 minutes of the game from midway the third quarter.

Despite their numerical superiority, Catherine Hall could not shake the persistent Flames and led by just two points at the end of the first quarter 16-14 and one point (27-26) at half time.

Flames took over the lead at the end of the third quarter 44-41 then ran away in the final quarter for their biggest win of the season with Julian Walker leading them in scoring with 18 points, along with eight rebounds.

Also making their mark were Jvon Calderon who scored 16 point and had 17 rebounds, Garfield Johnson 13 points, while Sheldon Myrie grabbed 14 rebounds.

Catherine Hall's Craig Dorman scored 20 points and had 11 rebounds to lead Lucea Flames, Vaughn Corke scored 14 points, while Goyan Malcolm had 10 points.

Thursday's second game that came down to the final shot, saw Saints edge Knights by two points after trailing 14-16 after the first quarter and 34-35 at half-time before edging ahead by a single point (52-51) and added another point advantage in the fourth quarter.

Saints' Aldane Anderson led all scorers with 19 points, Shavaughn Reid scored 18 points, Martin Belnavis scored 17, while coach/player Ricardo Brooks scored 10 points and Kenrick Lindo held 10 rebounds for the Trelawny club.

Lemar Mitchell was the top scorer for Knights with 18 points, Antonio Spence scored 13 with Omroy Kerr and Andre Morgan scoring 10 each with Morgan also getting 15 rebounds.

— Paul Reid




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