Jaguars, Knights into NBL final

PAUL A REID
Observer Writer

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

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MONTEGO BAY, St James — Defending champions Granville Jaguars and Montego Bay Cricket Club Knights advanced to the final of the NBL-West after winning their semi-final games at Montego Bay Cricket Club on Sunday.

The winners also qualified for the national play-offs

Granville Jaguars beat Catherine Hall All-Stars 73-62 in their game, while Knights prevailed 89-77 over Holland Saints. They will meet in the decider on Saturday at the same venue.

Both winners on Sunday had finished the regular season as first and second on the points table, setting up an expected close game.

An injury to Catherine Hall's Kurt Dorman late in the second half significantly weakened the team and tipped the scale in favour of Jaguars, in what was a close game for the first three quarters.

Jaguars led 18-15 after the first quarter and 35-31 at half- time. They held a 49-47 advantage at the end of the third quarter, but with the All-stars left with just six players, the Jaguars ran away in the fourth.

Levar Rose led all players with 26 points and Dave Black scored 14 points. Tafari Vassell scored nine points and had 11 rebounds.

Dwayne Johns was the leading scorer for Catherine Hall with 14 points, Vaughn Corke scored 12, and Goyan Malcolm had 11.

Knights dominated Saints in their game as they led 23-16, 38-32 and 69-56 at the end of the first three quarters. Jhaun Bryan got a double-double including 12 points and 14 rebounds, while Antonio Spence led the scoring with 21 points. Omroy Kerr scored 13 points.

Holland's player/coach Ricardo Brooks also had a double-double (14 points and 12 rebounds), while Michael Johnson scored 21 points and Errol Steele added 16.

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