Boys Club clip Jayhawks for WBA Division One crown
PAUL A REID
Tuesday, September 11, 2018
MONTEGO BAY, St James — MoBay Boys Club Warriors prevailed 2-1 over pesky University of the West Indies-Western Jamaica Campus Jayhawks in the Western Basketball Association Men's Division One competition after winning Sunday's third game of the best-of-three finals 86-81.
On Saturday, UWI-WJC Jayhawks had tied up the series at 1-1 after winning 67-66. Warriors had a 96-61 blowout win in the first game.
MoBay Boys Club Warriors earned promotion to the Elite League next season, replacing Inner-city Avalanche.
Jayhawks put up a fight on Sunday, coming back from a 10-point deficit in the fourth quarter to take the lead late on, but Warriors prevailed in the end thanks mainly to David Gordon and Alex Gilchrist who combined for 43 points.
Warriors led 17-12 after the first quarter, but Jayhawks trimmed the lead to 32-30 at half-time.
The teams were tied at 36 at the 6-minute-56 second mark in the third quarter before Warriors outscored Jayhawks 8-2 for the rest of the quarter to lead 50-42 going into the fourth.
Warriors started the fourth quarter with a 4-2 run but Jayhawks rallied with 12-straight points, and with three minutes and 48 seconds to go the teams were locked at 58 each.
But the Warriors took over late outscoring the Jayhawks 10-3 to win by seven points.
It did not help Jayhawks' cause when Odane Whittaker fouled out with 3:48 to go with his team up 59-58.
Minott led Jayhawks with 19 points, while Whittaker scored 17 points and had eight rebounds coming off the bench.