Herbert bask in U-19 Camperdown basketball defeat

Observer West writer

Thursday, March 08, 2018

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Herbert Morrison Technical in Montego Bay are still celebrating their victory over the Kingston-based Camperdown High School in the ISSA boys' Under-19 basketball competition.

Last Friday Herbert Morrison beat Camperdown High by one point, 52-51, in a nail-biting finish at the National Arena in Kingston, to complete a perfect 21-0 season.

Led by the finals MVP David Gordon, who had a double-double, Herbert Morrison, came from behind in the fourth quarter to become the second boys' Under-19 team from western Jamaica to win a national title, and the third team from the region.

Spot Valley High girls were the first team from western Jamaica to win a national high school basketball title, with William Knibb Memorial also winning the Under-19 boys' title.

Herbert Morrison beat Manchester High 60-49 in one semi-final last week Wednesday at the Montego Bay Cricket Club, while Camperdown High beat Christiana High 51-41 in the other semi-final played in Kingston.

Earlier, Herbert Morrison won both national quarterfinal games to top their zone, upsetting Calabar High 64-55 and Belair High 80-53.

In the final on Friday, Camperdown led by a points 16-15, after the first quarter and maintained their slim lead at half-time 30-29, but opened up a four-point lead going into the fourth quarter. However, the Western Conference champions stormed back, outscoring the Southern Conference team 13-8 over the final 10 minutes.

Gordon had a game-high 20 points and had 18 rebounds, Brendan Dawkins scored 18 points, while Akiello Tracey scored eight points.

Odane Whittaker also had a double-double for Camperdown, finishing sixth in the Southern Conference. He scored 11 points and had 19 rebounds, as well as seven steals, while Shemar Campbell scored 12 points.




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