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NHT, Ja Customs dominate BHNA leagues

Published:Monday | October 28, 2019 | 12:32 AMRaymond Graham/Gleaner Writer

National Housing Trust (NHT) had mixed fortunes while Jamaica Customs had double success in the final of the Business House Netball Association (BHNA) Competition at the National Indoor Sports Centre on Saturday.

In the feature game of the night, the Senior A League final, defending champions NHT ‘A’ had a 46-40 win against many-time champions Scotia ‘A’ in a repeat of last year’s final.

After being dominated all season by their opponents, the Winston Nevers-coached Scotia were hoping to turn the tables on their opponents. However, with several present and former national senior players in NHT’s line-up, including Vangelee Williams, Nicole Dixon, Kerry-Ann Brown, Jodiann French, and Thristina Harwood, it was always going to be a tough task for the Scotia team.

Despite staying close in the first quarter, when the champions had a narrow 9-7 lead, it was all NHT, who led 24-16 and 35-27 after the second and third quarters before completing their decisive six-goal win in the end.

Playing the goal-shooting role, Harwood, with 41 goals from 50 attempts, topscored for the winners, while goal attack Tanisha Bernard topscored with 25 from 35 and goal shooter Marsha Murphy-Dawkins assisted with seven from 11 for the runners-up.

Earlier, NHT ‘B’, who were big favourites to take home the Senior B title, were brought down to Earth by a feisty Jamaica National (JN) team. NHT led 7-5 and 16-15 after the first two quarters. JN led 27-16 after the third quarter before NHT regained the lead at 34-30 with less than three minutes to go to full time, looking likely to go all the way.

However, careless turnovers and poor shooting from NHT brought their opponents back into the contest, and they tied the game 37-37, forcing extra time. Here, JN outscored their opponents 10-7 to win 47-44 in the end. National senior player and goal shooter Rebekah Robinson, 39 from 50, and goal attack Nadine Cushnie-Vassell, eight from 12, were topscorers for the winners, while goal shooter Sarijae Stewart, with 38 from 45, top scored for the runners-up.

The Wayne Stewart-coached Jamaica Customs ‘A’ and ‘B’ teams walked away with the Intermediate ‘A’ and Junior League titles respectively. In the opening game of the night, the junior final, their ‘B’ team outlasted Stewart’s Auto 32-25, while their ‘A’ team got by Jamaica Public Service 44-43 in a tense game in Intermediate ‘A’ action.

Lasco were the other winners on the night, as they captured the Intermediate ‘B’ title with a 36-27 win over Guardsman Group.