Paul Clarke, Gleaner Writer
The race for seven of the eight quarter-final spots in the Hi-Lyte Western Conference Basketball Championships has intensified, as all but Cornwall Court Chargers and Muschett Cardinals are in with a chance of advancing.
League-leading MoBay Cricket Club Knights, boasting the best record among the 11 teams (8-1) is already assured of their place in the last eight of the championship, with two teams, Trelawny Tornadoes and Knibb Thunders, trailing by a point - each having respective (7-3) records.
Rockybar Ballers are next after stabilising their mid-season play to end with 16 points on a 6-4 record, a point and above the resurgent Savannah J-Hawks and Inner-City Avalanche, who are at .500 for the season with a five-win, five-loss record.
The real battle for the final qualifying spot will likely come down to the head-to-head wins for ninth-place Boys Club Warriors (13) and Granville Wolpack and Coral Gardens Raptors (14 each).
On Sunday, last-place Muschett Cardinals eked out their first win of the season, a two-point 56-54 victory over the Warriors, with Alston Billings scoring a team-high 22 points and grabbing 15 rebound. Trevor Mowatt also chipped in with a double-double (11 points, 11 rebounds), while Michael Schloss chipped in 10 points and eight assists in the win.
The game's top scorer, Sheldon Lyle (23 points), was among the losers, as the Cardinals made sure to log a victory before the season ends.
The Knights are the only team to lock up their seeding at one and are likely to face the Warriors who could finish as the eighth seed. The rest of the seedings will be known after two rescheduled games are played: the Cardinals and Knights at 6:30 p.m. tomorrow at Montego Bay Cricket Club court; and J-Hawks, who will look to secure fifth seed, when they play the Warriors.