Basketball

Knights beat Eagles 72-58 in NBL Southern Conference

BY GERALD REID
Observer writer

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

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DEFENDING champions Urban Knights defeated Upper Room Eagles 72-58 as the 2018 National Basketball League (NBL) Southern Conference competition continued with games played at the National Arena last week.

The Knights were registering their first win from two games are suffering a 56-65 loss to UWI Runnin Rebels in their opening game of the season the previous week.

Both teams were involved in an intense duel in the first quarter with the Knights managing a 26-24 lead at the break. The champions pulled away in the second quarter through Omar Barnes and Cordell Grant to take a 48-34 lead at the half-time break.

The Eagles outscored the Knights slightly in the third quarter 15-10 through Jermaine Brown, but they still trailed 49-58 at the final break. The Knights scored only 14 points to the Eagles' nine points to give the Oneil Brown-coached Knights a convincing 72-58 win.

Barnes was the principal scorer for the Knights with 24 points, plus 14 rebounds and seven steals, while his teammate Grant got 10 points. For the Eagles, Brown scored 20 points and DiMario Jackson added 13 points.

Meanwhile, Majesty Gardens Legends chalked up their second win from two starts with an 85-79 win over Spanish Town Spartans. It was rookie and National Under-17 Captain Samora Williams, from St George's College, who led the Legends to victory in a very close game.

Williams was the principal scorer for St George's College in their 69-62 win over defending champions Calabar High in the Under-19 ISSA League final played at the G C Foster College last week.

It was also the second-straight defeat for the Lennox Lindo-coached Spartans, who also lost their opening game 52-74 against St George's Slayers.

The first quarter between the Legends and the Spartans was a closely fought encounter as the winners managed to gain a slim 19-18 lead. The Legends, through Williams and Dasean Boyd, outscored their opponents 25-17 and increased their lead to 44-35 at the interval.

Third-quarter action produced another close duel with the Legends scoring 19-18 points to maintain their lead 63-53 at the final break.

Spartans stepped up their pace in the fourth and final quarter in an effort to close their opponents' lead, but despite a 26-22 advantage, their efforts were a little too late.

Williams had a game-high 36 points and 14 rebounds, while his teammate Boyd got 19 points and 12 rebounds for the Legends. For the Spartans, Brandt got 23 points, and Johnson added 14 points with 15 rebounds.

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