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One more night!


Justin Marville

One more night!

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PUT AWAY THE BROOMS.And hold off on another Station Hill coronation.This Lakers-Cavs drama still has one more chapter left.Keefe Birkett had 12 of his game-high 23 points in the first quarter as the Lumber Company Lakers avoided a three-game sweep in basketball’s Premier League finals with a series-saving 82-61 victory over defending champs Mpact Station Hill Cavaliers in Sunday’s Game 3 at the Wildey Gym.It didn’t provide the thrilling finish that has defined this epic match-up thus far, but it certainly gave Lakers the result they needed after losing the Game 1, a triple overtime marathon and the last-second Game 2 nail-biter.There wasn’t a Husbands heartbreak this time around, not after Lakers led from pillar to post following Birkett’s torrid start, which included a pair of treys in the side’s 25-point  first-quarter performance.But if the Husbands men were clinically proficient offensively, they were equally efficient at the other end, as the switch to a 2-3 zone finally nullified the advantage in the paint that the Cavs have held all series.Previously a dominant unit, Station Hill’s frontline of Kelvin Patterson, Andrew Alleyne and Junior Moore accounted for just ten first-half points on a combined five of 13 shooting, while Lakers’ initial 20-8 lead quickly became a 33-20 advantage.Technical fouls from head coach Adrian Craigwell and Marlon Bascombe in the second quarter, and Junior Moore in the third, didn’t help matters either, as Jamar King led a 6-1 surge to end the half before the lead ballooned to a 46-29 cushion on the other side of the break.The Cavs threatened late in the third with Jason Smith and Corey Williams hitting four late treys between them to pull Station Hill within ten points (63-53).However, they were only in response to Adrian Allman and Birkett’s own quartet of long-bombs as the champs never got under the double-digit deficit.And the rout soon followed after reserve forward Ormond Haynes emphatically denied Jamai Puckerin, leading to a 19-9 Lakers run to finish the proceedings while Station Hill managed only 11 fourth-quarter points.King finished with 15 points, Allman added ten and Patterson topscored for the Cavs with 18.The series – the clubs’ fourth successive post-season meeting – shifts to the Barbados Community College for Game 4 on Thursday night.

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