Good wins for JDF, Panthers
Robert Bailey, Gleaner Writer
The Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) and Blazing Panthers scored important victories over Braves Chiefs and Waterhouse Blazers, respectively, in the Flow National Basketball League on Wednesday at the National Stadium Courts.
The JDF recorded a 53-47 victory over the Chiefs while the Panthers defeated the Blazers 76-68.
Raymond Francis led the way for the JDF with a game-high 14 points and 12 rebounds. The JDF led 25-23 at half-time and 37-35 at the end of the third period.
Francis received solid support from Raymi Franklin, who scored 12 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Lascelles Johnson, 12 points and eight rebounds, was the main scorer for the Chiefs.
The JDF were registering back-to-back wins for the first time this season. They have now won three games from seven matches in this season's competition. Percival Smart, coach of the army men, said he was very delighted with the victory because it will lift their spirits for the remainder of the competition.
"We really needed this win," said Smart. "However, we weren't surprised that we won the game because I think that we were pretty sure that we would have come out on top."
Smart added: "I think that this win we will lift our confidence going forward because we have lost some games that we should have won."
The Donald Bimmer-coached Panthers were led to victory, courtesy of Anthony White and Dushane White team-high 17 points each. The Panthers led 33-31 at the half-time and 55-45 at the end of the third quarter.
Jason Green (15) and Lynford Brown (12) also made valuable contribution for the Panthers. Raymond Layne, 23 points and seven rebounds, was the main scorer for the Blazers, who slumped to their fifth defeat of the season.
I think that this win we will lift our confidence. - Smart