NBL-West teams vie for quarter final spots
MONTEG BAY, St James — Western Jamaica's three representatives in the Flow National Basketball League-West will seek to create history on Sunday by advancing to the quarter finals, as the national play-offs get going with eight games across the island.
Champions Catherine Hall All-Stars and runners- up Granville Jaguars will host defending champion Tivoli Wizards and Spanish Town Spartans at the Montego Bay Cricket Club respectively, while third place team Hoopers will be away to Urban Knights at UTech.
No western Jamaica team has ever managed to get to the quarter-finals.
Catherine Hall and Granville are coming off a close and exciting Western final last Thursday where Catherine Hall retained their title with an upset three points 76-73 win over the previously unbeaten Granville, also at the Montego Bay Cricket Club.
Jaguars had won all 15 games in the regular season and all five in the pre-season and went into Thursday's final with the distinct advantage after beating Catherine Hall by nearly 40 points in their previous meeting.
Catherine Hall, however, showed off their championships mettle and rose to the occasion with a gutsy performance.
The teams were tied at 11-all after the first quarter before Catherine Hall who were led by Vaughn Corke and Goyan Malcolm's 18 points each, took a seven points lead at half time 32-25.
Granville came out in the third quarter with all guns firing and outscored All-Stars 30-18 to take a five points lead going into the fourth quarter. But that was when Catherine Hall's determination came out and they responded with and 26-18 margin for the final three points victory.
In addition to his 18 points, Corke had eight rebounds, four steals and five assists, Malcolm had six rebounds and three steals, Marvin Powell scored 13 points, eight rebounds and four assists, while Jermaine Rerrie had a double-double 10 points, 11 rebounds, three blocked shots and four steals.
Dave Black had a game high 21 points for Granville, Lemardo Gobault scored 18 points, seven rebounds two blocks and four steals, Leroy Lawrence scored 17 points, had 11 rebounds and two steals, while Andrew Whilby scored 12 points and had 14 rebounds-- three steals and three assists.