All-Stars, Jaguars lose perfect records in WBA Elite League

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

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MONTEGO BAY, St James — Defending champions Catherine Hall All-Stars and former winners Granville Jaguars both lost their perfect records on Saturday, beaten by Holland Saints and Cricket Club Knights, respectively, in the Western Basketball Association Elite League at Cricket Club.

Holland Saints won back-to-back games with an 11-point (67-56) win over Catherine Hall, while Knights had a 12-point edge over Jaguars (63-51), as both teams are tied at the top of the table on nine points each.

Holland Saints moved past Catherine Hall into third place on eight points from five games, one point better than the champions who have played one game less.

Montego Bay Boys Club Warriors are on six points from four games followed by three teams all on four points — Sav-Elite Titans, Lucea Flames and Cornwall Courts Chargers.

Holland Saints got off to a fast start and led by eight points (26-18) after the first quarter and extended their advantage to 14 at half-time (42-28) and led 53-44 going into the fourth quarter.

Michael Johnson and Kenrick Lindo both got double-doubles for Holland Saints, while player/coach Ricardo Brooks came up a rebound shy of getting one as well.

Johnson scored 13 points and had 11 rebounds, Lindo scored 12 points and grabbed 20 rebounds, Brooks scored 15 points and had nine rebounds, while Alex Levy led all scorers in the game with 19 points.

Dwayne Johns came off the bench to lead Catherine Hall with 16 points, Mikhail Smith scored 14 points, Odaine Whittaker scored 13 points and had seven rebounds, while Errol Steele and Jermaine Rerrie both had 10 rebounds.

Cricket Club, who were beaten by Holland Saints the previous Saturday, rebounded with a big win, leading all the way — 19-12 after the first quarter, 34-24 at half-time and 53-42 after the third quarter.

Antonio Spence picked up a double-double to lead Knights, 11 points and 16 rebounds, Demoy Daye scored 18 points and Jhaun Bryan scored 13 points and had nine rebounds, off the bench.

David Gordon had a double-double for Jaguars, 12 points and 13 rebounds, Dave Black scored a game-high 20 points and had seven rebounds, while Jermaine Brown scored nine points and had seven rebounds.

—Paul Reid

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