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Jaguars, Chargers claim basketball crowns

BY PAUL A REID
Observer writer

Friday, July 28, 2017

MONTEGO BAY, St James — Granville Jaguars won their second Western Basketball Association iCool/iDrade Elite Basketball League (EBL) title on Sunday after a 2-1 win over defending champions Catherine Hall All-Stars, wining the final game of the best-of-three finals 84-76 at the Montego Bay Cricket Club on Sunday.

Leroy Lawrence scored a game-high 22 points and had 12 rebounds to lead Granville Jaguars over Catherine Hall who had tied up the series at 1-1 on Saturday night by winning Game two 79-77 after Granville had won the first game on Thursday 81-69.

Meanwhile, in the first game of the double-header, Cornwall Courts Chargers earned promotion to the EBL after beating Sav-Elite Titans 2-1 in their Tropical Blue Natural Spring Water Men's Basketball Championships best of three finals.

Cornwall Courts won Sunday's deciding game 87-69 in their come-from-behind victory after losing the first game 58-59, but levelled the series on Saturday with an 85-80 win.

Wayne Morris, whose mistake had caused their loss in the first game, scored a game-high 28 points to lead Cornwall Courts, Franz Clennon scored 17 points, Giovanni Bailey had 15 points and Detroy Jewery scored 13 points.

In the EBL decider, the back-to-back games appeared to have more effect on Catherine Hall and the return of Dave Black, who missed the second game on Saturday, also had an impact.

Catherine Hall battled back from a deficit that exceeded 20 points and cut it to seven late in the fourth quarter, but Granville responded with another surge to ensure the win.

Granville led 21-16 after the first quarter and extended the lead to 13 points at half time 47-34 and were up 66-50 at the end of the third quarter before Catherine Hall, led by Vaugh Corke who had 17 points, mounted a comeback.

Corke picked up his fourth foul near the end of the third quarter and had to sit out the early minutes in the fourth quarter, while Granville's Black and Cleon Morgan also played with four fouls.

Black and Levar Rose both scored 18 points for Granville, while Goyan Malcolm supported Corke with 14 points and had six rebounds, Craig Dorman scored 13 points with Jermaine Rerrie and Christopher Gibbons both had 10 points.