Western quarter-finals on this weekend
Paul Clarke, Gleaner Writer
The eight-team quarter-finals of the Hi-Lyte Insports Western Conference Basketball League will tip off tomorrow with a double-header at the Montego Bay Cricket Club court.
Second seed Knibb Thunders take the court against the seventh seed Boys Club Warriors, at 5 p.m. followed by third seed Trelawny Tornadoes and Inner-City Avalanche at 7 p.m.
Two other games are set for Sunday. At 5 p.m., top seed MoBay Cricket Club Knights meet the Coral Gardens Raptors who are seeded eight, then the resurgent Savannah J-Hawks (4th seed) will look to knock off fifth seed Rockybar Ballers in a 7 p.m. game.
The Knights ended the regular season with the best record (9-1) and come into the quarter-final against the Raptors, who barely made the play-offs after ending the regular season with the joint eight best record (4-60), tied on points with Boys Club Warriors. The Warriors are seeded higher, having beaten the Raptors in a head-to-head contest.
Knights head coach Sheldon Pearson said his players will bring their best for this encounter, noting that their one-sided victory earlier in the season against the Raptors will not factor into Sunday's quarter-final.
"The last time we played them, it was really a one-sided affair, but this time we are expecting that they will be a tougher nut to crack, but we will be ready for that and, hopefully, do what is necessary to pull off the win," said Pearson, who guided the Knights to the league's best record entering the play-offs.
Point guard Jamoi Richards, Michael Natto (forward), with Lemar Mitchell at the shooting guard position, will be hard to beat and the game should develop into a real shoot-out.