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BOJ, UDC 3-on-3 basketball champions

Friday, December 15, 2017

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BANK of Jamaica (BOJ) and Urban Development Corporation (UDC) were crowned champions of the 2017 3-on-3 BHBA Division One and Two championships, respectively, after their best-of-five series which ended at the National Indoor Sports Centre (NISC) on Monday night.

BOJ defeated last year's runners-up National Housing Trust (NHT) 30-26 in Game Five to clinch the series 3-2 to retain their title.

Meanwhile, UDC claimed the Division Two crown with a 3-0 win over newcomers Conduent (formerly XEROX Jamaica Limited).

It was a remarkable comeback from the bankers who were down 0-2 after Games One and Two, but were able to turn the tables on NHT to win three games — three, Four and Five — to clinch a breath-taking series.

In the final and deciding game, NHT took an early 5-1 lead, but the champions rallied to even at 6-6 in the first five minutes. However, BOJ got the better of NHT to take the lead 17-11 points at half -time.

BOJ, by virtue of shooting much better than NHT, moved into a 22-14 lead in the second half, but their opponents fought back strongly to narrow the lead at 22-20, before tying the game at 23-23 with three minutes remaining.

Both teams were caught in a ding-dong battle for possession and quickened the pace in their effort to register vital baskets.

With NHT shooting suspect, BOJ capitalised nicely at the other end, which saw them moving further in front at 27-23 with 1:32 minutes on the clock. NHT, at this stage, had little chance of rallying as BOJ went up 29-24 with 9.4 seconds left before going on to win the game 30-26 points.

The principal scores for BOJ were Anthony White with 11 points and Christopher Scott with 10 points, while Christopher Jennings was the top scorer for NHT with 17 points.

Before the fifth and final game, NHT won Game One and Two 32-20 and 31-30, respectively, while BOJ claimed Game Three (29-26), Game Four (26-2) and Game Five (30-26).

— Gerald Reid

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