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November 21, 2012
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Gleaner Stars lift 3-on-3 basketball division two title
Orville Clarke, STAR Writer


Members of The Gleaner basketball team who won Division Two of the 2012 Business House three-on-three competition, beating Wray & Nephew 3-1 in the best-of-five at the Stadium Courts on Monday night. From left are: Edward Marshall (coach), Joe Harris, Raymond Simpson, Theodore Johnson, André Williams, Derval Davis, Omar Wolfe (captain), Keneil Allen, André Johnson and Brent Gordon. The team won 26 of their 27 matches throughout the season. - Anthony Minott

The Gleaner Stars completed a fabulous season in the Business House three-on-three basketball competition on Monday night at the Stadium Courts to be crowned Division Two champions after an exciting 37-32 victory over Wray & Nephew in the best-of-five finals.

The 'Newsmen' wrapped up the series 3-1 in Game Four, as did 2010 champions Grace Canning over JTA Co-op Credit Union, 45-41, in the Division One finals.

The Gleaner and Wray & Nephew took the court in the second match, really igniting the large crowd.

The Gleaner, having won 25 of their 26 previous matches to be the toast of the entire competition, raced into a 12-4 lead with top shooter Omar Wolfe on target from early with four three-pointers.

However, they allowed Wray & Nephew to claw their way back and level the scores at 16-16, thanks to accurate shooting from their captain Nigel 'Shango' Reid.

The Edward 'Ted' Marshall-coached Gleaner took a slim 19-18 lead at half-time. After the interval, Wray & Nephew led for the first time at 23-22 and soon went three points clear. But unlike Game Three, when they lost by one point in double overtime, The Gleaner players kept their cool to regain the lead at 27-26 and gradually inched away in the closing stages for a decisive win.

Wolfe, the MVP of last season, scored a game-high 22 points and had 16 rebounds, Keneil Allen scored 11 points with six rebounds, while the lanky centre Theodore Johnson scored three vital points. For Wray & Nephew, Reid scored 21 points, with support coming from Sheldon Jackson and Kemar Gordon with five points each.

Wolfe was elated with the victory and noted: "They played us hard, but we proved to be the better team by making our free throws count at a crucial stage.

"Myself and Keneil (Allen) outmatched them in all-round play, and this made the difference. My only regret is that we didn't go through the season unbeaten, but 26-1 is still an enviable record," he added.

In the Division One final, Kevin Daley scored a game-high 27 points for Grace, while Andrew Murray was tops for JTA with 24 points.

The presentation function is set for Saturday, December 1 at the Police Officers' Club, Hope Road.

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