JUTC power into quarter-finals of domino tourney

Friday, June 22, 2018

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Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) booked their place in the quarter-finals of the 2018 National Association of Domino Bodies (NADB) Kingston & St Andrew Region/Wray & Nephew White Overproof Rum Business House Division One League.

JUTC achieved the feat after defeating Division Two champions Ministry of Finance (MOF) 108-98 in the eighth and final round in the preliminary stage of the competition last Friday.

JUTC started the final round in fifth place in Zone B on 23 points and needed to win against MOF with hopes that National Commercial Bank (NCB), who were in fourth place on 26 points, would go down in their fixture to secure a spot in the next round.

JUTC secured their victory as they outclassed MOF in every department from start to the finish.

With the win, JUTC moved to fourth place on 33 points, while MOF finished third on 36 points. NCB, who also needed to win their zone match, found the going tough against former champions Seprod as they went down 96-103. Seprod finished second on 53 points.

Defending champions Campari topped Zone B on 63 points after defeating former champions Kingston Wharves 116-100 in their cross-zone encounter. Kingston Wharves have already qualified from their Zone A as well.

Also booking their spot to the next round are Urban Development Corporation (UDC) from Zone A. UDC defeated sponsoring company Wray & Nephew Limited 116-104 in a must-win encounter. In the other zone match, Petrojam stopped Jamaica Observer 115-99.

In the lower division, Stewart's Auto Part created a huge upset, beating Kris an Charles 131-116; Gleaner continued their unbeaten run with a 146-95 whipping of Bank of Jamaica (BOJ); Port Authority of Jamaica (PAJ) also upset National Housing Trust (NHT) 133-103; and Sagicor Jamaica beat General Accident 131-124. The match between Digicel and Jamaica Customs Agency was not played.

Sagicor Jamaica (70 points), Kris an Charles (62 points); BOJ (35 points) and Stewart's Auto Parts (34 points) have qualified from Zone A, while Gleaner (81 points), Digicel (54 points); NHT (43 points) and PAJ (33 points) have qualified from Zone B.

Action in rounds two and three of the knockout competition begins today at NHT starting at 6:30 pm.

Defending champions Kingston Wharves should move on in the competition when they face Gleaner, Jamaica Observer go up against NCB, Sagicor take on UDC, Wray & Nephew and PAJ will cross swords, while Campari meet Petrojam.

— Ruddy Allen

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