Champs Rockers start SBC quarterfinals on high note

July 18, 2016
Kwame Lawrence

Defending champions Arnett Gardens Rockers began the National Integrity Action (NIA) Southern Conference quarter-final play-offs at the Tony Spaulding Complex on Friday with a thrilling 108-103 double over-time win over Portmore Flames, to take a 1-0 lead in their three-match series.

Kwame Lawrence with 35 points and nine rebounds and Vivian Spence with 24 points, led the way for the Rockers, who led 25-15 after the first period and 45-34 at the half.

The third quarter barely separated the teams, with Portmore taking the quarter 25-23 to trail 68-59 going into the last quarter.

Then in the last quarter, the Flames produced a remarkable comeback and they outscored their opponent 25-14 to tie the game at 82-82 and send the game into overtime.

The first period of overtime also failed to separate the teams as 13 points apiece saw them tied at 95-95.

However, Arnett were too good for their opponents in the second overtime and took the period 13-8 for a 108-103 victory.

Pembroke Hall, Spanish Town Spartans, and JDF also took 1-0 lead in their series.

Number one seed Pembroke Hall defeated G.C. Foster 79-73 with 27 points from Andrew Whilby.

G.C. Foster's Lynford Brown was the game's top scorer with 32 points.

Spartans were easy 86-61 winners over Real Lions, thanks to Javon Bailey's 19 points. Osmond Farquharson top scored for Lions with 14 points.

In the other game, the JDF also eased past Exed Heats 72-59. Dermaine Foster and Raymi Franklyn led the soldiers with 14 and 13 points, respectively. Exed's Cordell Grant produced a game-high 22 points, and Garrick Allen, 12 points, in their losing effort.

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