Basketball:Celtics in charge of title race

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In the other game there was a surprise win for Sentinels against Volaw Storm.FJ Carter Celtics 59, Warriors 50: This was Celtics third victory against Warriors this season, though without some key players it was not such an easy victory.Warriors roared to a 16-4 lead in the first five minutes.

Celtics called a time out to change their defence to cut out the sharpshooting of Warriors’ Nick Jewell and the extra pressure made all the difference as Warriors began to miss their shots and turnover the ball.Celtics began their comeback and started to fastbreak using Mark Wilson’s speed to finish off and brought the score to a more respectable 18-12 to Warriors at the end of the first quarter.In the next Celtics worked very hard on defence and maintained pressure on Jewell to reduce Warriors’ scoring threat while their outside shots at the other end were not dropping.

However, with Wilson’s speed on fast breaks and Chris Byrne’s power inside the key, Celtics went ahead 21-20 in the fourth minute.

Warriors were unable to match the pace and eventually lost the quarter.Celtics denied Jewell and kept him to only two points in the second half and Unnar Eliasson played a key role for Celtics as he controlled the ball well and slowed things down when needed.

Celtics continued to dominate inside the key and eventually beat the demoralised Warriors 59-50.Top Scorers – Celtics: Chris Byrne 23, Mark Wilson 21, Unnar Eliasson 6, Ross Youngs 6.

Warriors: Paul Duckworth 15, Nick Jewell 13, Greg Ruellan 13, Mark McGregor 6.Full round-up in today’s JEP.

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