Arnett in SBC semi-finals
Arnett Gardens became the first semi-finalist in the National Integrity Action (NIA)/Southern Basketball Conference (SBC) league, following a 77-65 win over Portmore Flames in game two of their quarter-final tie at G.C. Foster College on Sunday. Arnett won the series 2-0.
Once again, Kwame Lawrence turned up big for the Rockers scoring a game high 29 points and pulling down eight rebounds for the defending champions. Omar Barnes contributed 14 points. Kenado Smith top-scored for Flames with 20 points and 18 rebounds.
It took double over-time for Arnett to defeat Flames in game one but on Sunday they were in control from the opening whistle, leading 22-16 after the first period and 42-37 at the half-time.
In the other game at G.C. Foster, the home team with a game-high 35 points from Lynford Brown and 24 points and 15 rebounds from Michael Johnson, turned the tables on number one seed Pembroke Hall to tie the series. Anthony Farquharson was Pembroke Hall's leading scorer with 22 points and 15 rebounds.
Real Lions also tied their series against Spanish Town Spartans, thanks to Kemar McLeish's 34 points and 17 rebounds and Dimario Johnson's 15 points. Javon Bailey was the Spartan leading scorer with 23 points.
In the lone game at the Tony Spaulding Complex, Exed Heats also drew level after a convincing 66-43 win over favourites Jamaica Defence Force (JDF).
Anthony White led the Heats with 18 points and 10 rebounds, followed by Cordell Grant with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Raymi Franklyn was JDF's top scorer with just 10 points.