Basketball

Knights, Jaguars look to wrap up series in WBA Elite

BY PAUL A REID
Observer writer

Thursday, August 30, 2018

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MONTEGO BAY, St James — Top-ranked teams Cricket Club Knights and Granville Jaguars will be seeking to wrap up their Western Basketball Association (WBA) Elite League best-of-three semi-final series when they take on Holland Saints and Catherine Hall All-Stars, respectively, in today's second games at the Montego Bay Cricket Club.

They scored contrasting wins in Tuesday's first games. The red-hot Cricket Club Knights extended their winning run to nine-straight with a 16-point, 77-61, victory over Holland Saints, while Granville Jaguars rallied in the final eight seconds to beat Catherine Hall All-Stars by one point, 66-65.

Today Catherine Hall All-Stars will seek to level their series against Granville Jaguars in the first game starting at 6:15 pm, while Holland Saints and Cricket Club Knights meet in the 8:00 pm game.

On Tuesday Leroy Lawrence's double-double led defending champions Granville Jaguars to their come-from-behind win and also snapped their two-game losing skid at the end of the regular season.

After trailing through the first three quarters, 11-24, 27-39 and 42-50, Granville pulled to within two points with just about eight seconds to go, when teenager Brendan Dawkins hit a three-point basket coming from a timeout to give a one-point lead.

Catherine Hall missed a big chance to win, but with three seconds to go Kurt Dorman's shot was blocked.

Granville had just two players with double-digit scoring as Lawrence led with 22 points and 25 rebounds, and Dawkins scored 18 points.

Michael Schloss had a game-high 28 points for Catherine Hall, as Goyan Malcolm scored 17, as Jermaine Rerrie had 12 rebounds and Craig Dorman had 10.

After trailing Holland Saints by 14 points, 6-20, at the end of the first quarter, Cricket Club Knights then rebounded to outscore them by 30 points, 71-41, over the next three quarters.

Rayon Gardiner had a double-double 19 points and 13 rebounds for Cricket Club, Omroy Kerr scored 17 points, and Antonio Spence scored 13 points and had nine rebounds. Jhaun Bryan also had 15 rebounds and nine points.

Errol Steele also had a double-double to lead Holland with 17 points and 10 rebounds, with Aldane Anderson scored 27 points.

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