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Jaguars, Catherine Hall in decisive game-three semi-final decider

Observer writer

Saturday, September 01, 2018

MONTEGO BAY, St James — Granville Jaguars' hold on the Western Basketball Association's Elite League title will be on the line today as they take on Catherine Hall All-Stars in the third game of the best-of-three semi-final series at the Montego Bay Cricket Club set to start at 7:00 pm.

Catherine Hall levelled the series at 1-1 on Thursday after winning 50-46 following their first game loss on Tuesday by a single point, and today's winner will meet Cricket Club Knights in the first game of the best-of-three finals tomorrow at the same venue.

Cricket Club wrapped up their semi-final series against Holland Saints winning 66-62 for a 2-0 series win and earned a day off before the start of the finals.

In the first game, Catherine Hall All-Stars led by as many as 20 points and held on against Jaguars, who were losing for the third time in their last four games.

Granville Jaguars led 11-8 after a first quarter that saw both teams taking a long time to settle, and created several turn-overs between them.

Jaguars maintained their slender lead 25-22 at half-time, but Catherine Hall took over in the third quarter where they outscored the champions 19-8 to take a 41-33 lead then held on in the fourth quarter to ensure a third and decisive game today.

Goyan Malcolm led Catherine Hall All-Stars with 15 points, Odane Whittaker scored 14 points and Kurt Dorman had 12, while Jermaine Rerrie had 11 rebounds and Mikhail Smith had 10 rebounds.

Leroy Lawrence and Ryan Harrison both had double-doubles for Granville Jaguars; Lawrence scored 15 points and had 16 rebounds, while Harrison scored 12 points and had 14 rebounds, as David Gordon had 11 rebounds.

Jhaun Bryan and Omroy Kerr both had double-doubles for Cricket Club Knights in their victory; Bryan scored 18 points and had 17 rebounds and Kerr scored 12 points and had 12 rebounds, as Ralique Grant scored 14 points and Rayon Gardiner scored 10 points.

Errol Steele led Holland with 19 points and Ricardo Brooks scored 18 points, while Daniel Henry got 11 rebounds as they led their team on a late charge as they tried to force a game three.

Cricket Club ran out to a double-digit lead through the first three quarters and were able to stave off a fourth-quarter rally from Holland Saints.

Cricket Club led by 11 points, 21-10, after the first quarter and maintained the margin at half-time when they were up 35-24, then extended their advantage to 15 points, 51-36, at the end of the third quarter.