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Jaguars roar to top spot in NBL-Western

Saturday, March 17, 2018

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MONTEGO BAY, St James — Defending champions Granville Jaguars secured the top spot in the semi-finals of the NBL-Western Conference on Thursday after blowing away last-placed Inner-City Avalanche by 33 points (74-41) in their second-round game at the Montego Bay Cricket Club.

Granville Jaguars, who were beating Inner-city Avalanche for the second time this season following their 19 points 73-54 first-round win, are on 17 points with one game to be played and cannot be overtaken

MoBay Cricket Club Knights, who are second on 15 points will complete their schedule today against Catherine Hall All-Stars in the first game of a double header that could see all four semi-finalists been confirmed.

Semi-final aspirants Holland Saints will also face Cornwall Courts Chargers in the second game today.

On Thursday, five Granville Jaguars players scored in double digits as they controlled the game from the start and never gave Avalanche a chance.

Granville led by 15 points (22-7) after the first quarter and were up by 17 points (38-21) at half time before increasing the advantage to 21 points (56-35) at the end of the third quarter.

Tafari Vassell had 15 points and 16 rebounds and Alex Gilchrist had 11 points and 10 rebounds as Dave Black led with 16 points, while Levar Rose and Nicholas Minott both scored 10 points each.

Fabian Julian with 13 points was the only player from the Avalanche team to get into double figures in scoring.

— Paul Reid

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