'Valley', 'Knibb' make winning starts in KFC basketball
MONTEGO BAY, St James — Western Conference champions Spot Valley High and William Knibb Memorial opened their ISSA/KFC All-island play-off schedule with wins over DeCarteret College and Munro College, respectively, at the Montego Bay Cricket Club on Wednesday.
Under-16 champions Spot Valley beat DeCarteret 33-26, while William Knibb overcame a deficit at the end of the third quarter to beat Munro College by 11 points (76-65) as Shavaughn Reid and Alwayne Smith combined for 49 points.
The play-offs will continue this afternoon with another eight games, two of which will be played in Montego Bay. In those games, Muschett High will play Southern Conference champions St George's College in the Under-16 and Kingston College in the Under-19 section.
On Wednesday, Spot Valley High extended their season-long unbeaten run as they dominated DeCarteret College, leading 6-5, 16-9 and 29-13 after the first three quarters, and despite winning the final quarter 13-4, the Mandeville school still came up short.
Jhamonique Brown scored 10 points to lead Spot Valley, while Shamar Bucknor and Robert Waugh both got eight points each.
Mathew Powell scored a game-high 11 points for DeCarteret College.
Munro College led William Knibb 13-9 after the first quarter, 29-23 at half-time and 53-46 at the end of the third quarter. However, the 'home team' rallied in the fourth quarter, scoring the first 12 points of the period to take the lead for good with Reid, Smith and Daniel Henry leading the way.
Reid, who also punctuated his team's win with three dunks late in the game, finished with 25 points, nine rebounds and six assists. Smith scored 24 points and had seven rebounds, Don Michael Fray scored 14 points and had six steals with Henry scoring 13 points and had 12 assists.
Javier Charlton led Munro College with 22 points and seven steals, Kharsen Segree scored 16 points and five assists, Ahkeem Forbes scored 11 points and had 14 rebounds, while Romaine Bailey had 10 points.