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By Sports Desk August 28, 2020

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  • Jamaica handed first loss of FIBA World Cup qualifiers - suffer heavy defeat at hands of Nicaragua Jamaica handed first loss of FIBA World Cup qualifiers - suffer heavy defeat at hands of Nicaragua

     Hot shooting from Manhattan Jaspers forward, Warren Williams, provided just a drop in the bucket as Jamaica suffered a lopsided 52-94 defeat at the hands of Nicaragua, at the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 Central American and Caribbean Pre-Qualifiers on Saturday.

    Williams was an immovable force on the low block, as he scored 24 points off 63 percent shooting, and was just shy of a double-double after also grabbing 9 rebounds.  He was, however, the only Jamaica player in the line-up to get to double figures.

    The effort was dwarfed by the Nicaraguan trio of Jared Ruiz, Norchad Omier, and Larel Pacheco.  Ruiz led the way with 26 points but also filled out the rest of the stat sheet with 9 rebounds and 5 assists.  Omier and Pacheco were perfect from the field, scoring 14 and 12 points, respectively.  Omier also grabbed 13 rebounds to register a useful double-double.

    The Central Americans got off to a strong start and found themselves leading the Caribbean team 27-11 at the end of the first quarter and led 49-21 by halftime, before cruising the rest of the way to victory.

    The loss was the first of the tournament for the Jamaicans, who recorded a 69-67 win over Costa Rica in their opener and a 107-87 win over Guyana.

     

  • Kerr 'in awe' of Celtics and Warriors quality in TD Garden thriller Kerr 'in awe' of Celtics and Warriors quality in TD Garden thriller

    Steve Kerr was "in awe" of the quality on show in an NBA thriller between his Golden State Warriors side and the in-form Boston Celtics.

    The Celtics extended their winning run to six games with a 119-114 victory at TD Garden on Saturday despite being 16 points down in the first half.

    Steph Curry's 47-point haul could not prevent Boston from coming out on top in a pulsating contest, with Jayson Tatum scoring 44 points and claiming 10 rebounds.

    Kemba Walker weighed in with 26 points for the Celtics, who are 31-26 and sit fourth in the Eastern Conference.

    Warriors head coach Kerr said: "First of all, I'm in awe of what I watched tonight.

    "From a skill level and level of competition, it felt like a playoff game out there. Both teams were just gassed and competed like crazy, and just incredible shot-making, particularly from Steph and Jayson.

    "So, what a basketball game. It hurts to lose, but I told the team I feel like they got better tonight."

    Tatum and Curry had a court-side conversation after the Celtics small forward spoke of his admiration for the Warriors legend.

    He said when asked what the pair had discussed: "Just mutual respect. Obviously two big performances. I was glad that we got the win, but obviously he's one of the all-time greats.

    "Just to earn his respect and get a win on the same night ... it was a good night."

    Golden State are 28-29 following this setback, languishing down in ninth in the Western Conference.

     

  • It was a surreal moment! Lakers star Drummond revels in winning feeling at Staples Center It was a surreal moment! Lakers star Drummond revels in winning feeling at Staples Center

    Andre Drummond is itching to experience more of the thrills of a home-court win with the Los Angeles Lakers after helping see out an overtime victory against the Utah Jazz.

    Acquired at the end of March, Drummond found out for the first time how it felt to earn a win at the Staples Center as a Lakers player, as around 1,700 fans saw Los Angeles earn a 127-115 overtime triumph over the NBA Western Conference leaders.

    The Lakers had previously seen a 14-point advantage evaporate, with the Jazz taking the lead towards the end of the fourth quarter, before Dennis Schroder tied things up with three seconds to play.

    Still without the injured LeBron James and Anthony Davis, Drummond finished with 27 points, eight rebounds and three assists to aid the team's cause, while the impressive Schroder had 25 points, eight assists and six rebounds.

    Since joining the Lakers, Drummond is averaging 9.2 points, 1.2 assists and 9.2 rebounds and he feels the depleted Lakers – fifth in the Western Conference – are beginning to gel.

    "With the fans being in the arena it was kind of a surreal moment for me because I've been on the other side," he said. 

    "Seeing them win, seeing the streamers come down, to be on this end it was definitely a great feeling and something I want more of.

    "I think tonight was a good game for all of us, for me personally I think it was a pretty solid game. 

    "As a unit we clicked on all cylinders. We didn't allow adversity to get us out of our game, they did have a hell of a run down the stretch to tie up the game and take the lead. 

    "The chemistry is getting there, we're having fun day by day doing it."

    Head coach Frank Vogel was impressed by the way his Lakers side kept their cool after seeing their lead wiped out.

    "We made more in-game adjustments than we have all year just to counter their attack," Lakers Vogel said. 

    "To have a team storm back and take the lead and [us] not panic is definitely something we can draw on going forward. We'll have this experience to know that we’ll prevail."

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