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Crunch time in NBL-West

Catherine Hall All-Stars and MoBay Hoopers to battle for final spot

BY PAUL A REID Observer West writer

Thursday, July 05, 2012    

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MONTEGO BAY, St James — DEFENDING champions Catherine Hall All-Stars and MoBay Hoopers will go down to the line to decide who will meet Granville Jaguars in the final of the Flow National Basketball League-West.

Catherine Hall holds the slight edge in the standings, up by a point as both teams have one game to go as the fixture ends this weekend with a number of rescheduled games.

Catherine Hall are on 24 points, one more than MoBay Hoopers, both trailing unbeaten Granville who scored their 14th straight win on Tuesday, beating Railway Tigers 65-55.

Catherine Hall can clinch their place in the finals on Sunday with a win over Tigers in the final game of the regular season, after Hoopers end their regular season on Saturday against Lucea Flames.

Meanwhile at the other end of the points tables, Flames -15 points and Tigers - 14 points, both with three games to go are seeking to avoid joining Sav Hawks as the two teams to be relegated to the Division One league next season.

Flames and Tigers will meet in a crucial game today at the Montego Bay Cricket Club, starting at 6:30 pm and the winner will have the edge after sharing the two games played so far.

Tigers will face Hawks on Saturday and All-Stars Sunday, while Flames will face Hoopers Saturday and Jaguars Sunday.

Despite resting a number of players and limiting the playing time of some starters, Granville eased their way to their 14th win coming from behind in the second half to win by 10 points, 65-55.

Tigers, who had lost both previous games to Granville this season, led 12-6 after the first quarter and were ahead 28-21 at half-time before Granville introduced Andrew Whilby and Leroy Lawrence, after Dave Black had entered the game with three minutes to go in the second quarter.

Jaguars trimmed the deficit to five points then outscored Tigers by 15 points, 26-11, in the final quarter.

Lemardo Gaubault scored a doubledouble to lead Jaguars with 18 points and 17 rebounds along with two steals and three assists. Black scored 13 points with five rebounds and two steals, while Leroy Lawrence scored 13 points, eight rebounds, two steals and four assists.

Damion Smith led Tigers with 18 points and 15 rebounds, while Mikhail Smith scored eight points.

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