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WBA Elite League semi-finals tip off today

BY PAUL A REID
Observer writer

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

MONTEGO BAY, St James — Fresh from their easy 21-point win over Catherine Hall All-Stars in their twice- rescheduled second-round Western Basketball Association's (WBA) game at Montego Bay Cricket Club on Sunday, top seed Cricket Club Knights will take on Holland Saints in the first game of a double-header as the best-of-three semi-finals get under way today.

Granville Jaguars and Catherine Hall All-Stars will meet in the other semi-final game today with the second round of games set for Thursday and if necessary, the third and deciding games scheduled for Saturday, all at Montego Bay Cricket Club.

On Sunday Rayon Gardiner just missed a triple-double by one assist as Knights beat Catherine Hall 83-62 in a game that ended in near darkness due to a public power outage.

Cricket Club Knights finished with 27 points, one more than defending champions Granville Jaguars who ended the regular season with back-to-back losses.Catherine Hall were third with 23 points, one more than Holland Saints.

Knights got off to a fast start on Sunday, setting the platform for an easy victory in a game they had to win to top the points table, as a loss would see Granville take the top spot on better points differential.

Gardiner and Omroy Kerr, who had a game-high 27 points, led the Knights who were ahead by 24 points, 30-6, after the first quarter and were ahead 47-29 at half-time.

Cricket Club opened a massive 31-point lead, 70-39, at the end of the third quarter and were able to cruise for the rest of the game as Gardiner scored 12 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists. Kerry added 11 rebounds to his 27 points, Antonio Spence scored 22 points and had 13 rebounds, while Jhaun Bryan scored 12 points and had 18 rebounds.

Mikhail Smith scored 16 points and had 10 rebounds for Catherine Hall, Odane Whittaker scored 17 points, while Michael Schloss scored 13 points and Jermaine Rerrie had 17 rebounds.