Basketball

Showdown

Defending champions Catherine Hall and Granville Jaguars meet again in WBA final

BY PAUL A REID
Observer West writer

Thursday, July 20, 2017

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MONTEGO BAY, St James - Defending champions Catherine Hall All-Stars and former champions Granville Jaguars will meet in a repeat of last year's final in the Western Basketball Association iCool/iDrade Elite Basketball League as the best-of-three series start this evening at the Montego Bay Cricket Club in St James at 8:00 pm.

The teams had topped the points table after the 21-game regular season before winning their best-of-three semi-finals series by 2-0 margins.

Granville Jaguars topped the table with 40 points and beat Cricket Club Knights 77-70 and 82-72, the latter coming Monday evening at the Cricket Club courts.

Meanwhile, Catherine Hall All-Stars were a point behind in the regular season and got the better of Holland Saints 78-65 and 75-68.

The defending champions won two of their three regular season meetings, but Granville Jaguars are the team on form and will come into the final with the momentum of winning their last eight games.

Dave Black, who missed Monday's game, has been on fire and will be one of the key players in Granville's chances of winning.

He scored a season-high 51 points in their final regular-season win less than two weeks ago.

Catherine Hall's Craig Dorman has led his team in scoring in both semi-final wins over Holland Saints, and will be expected to lead as they seek to retain the title.

On Monday, led by four players who scored in double digits, Granville moved ahead in the second quarter to lead by three points at half-time, 39-36, and then inched further ahead, 58-54, going into the fourth quarter.

Cleon Morgan scored 18 points for Jaguars, Levar Rose had 17 points, Tafari Vassell scored 16 points and had nine rebounds, while Leroy Lawrence scored 10 points and had 19 rebounds.

Mark Wright was the top player for Cricket Club Knights with a game-high 20 points and 13 rebounds; Jhaun Bryan had 14 points and 11 rebounds, while Ralique Grant and Shamar Bucknor both scored 10 points each.

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