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JC, Campion, STGC in basketball semis

BY GERALD REID Observer writer

Wednesday, January 15, 2014    

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JAMAICA College, along with Campion College and St George's College, advanced to the semi-finals of the 2013/2014 KFC/ISSA schoolboys basketball age group quarter-finals following victories at the Stadium Basketball Courts on Monday.

In the Under-16 league quarter-finals, Jamaica College defeated Campion College in overtime 46-44. The scores were locked at 41 at full time. In the five minutes of overtime, the Donald Bimmer-coached Old Hope Road aggregation added five points to their opponents's three to clinch a close victory.

The principal scorers for Jamaica College were Malik Anderson with 12 points and 14 rebounds, Carrington Blake with nine points, Okeeme Buckley and Kahleed Williams with eight points each, while Garth Richards produced a game-high 29 points, 13 rebounds and four steals for Campion.

In another Under-16 quarter-final, St George's College crushed Excelsior High 64-17 after leading 35-8 at half-time. The top scorers for the Clifford Brown-coached North Street boys were Malite Johnson with 22 points, Tavari Simms and Alexia Tillstrum with eight points each.

Meanwhile, in the quarter-finals of the Under-19 league, Jamaica College pulled off a narrow 33-32 win over Ardenne High. In the last five seconds Ardenne were awarded two free shows, but both shots were missed by the shooter, thus enabling JC to clinch victory.

The leading scorers for Jamaica College were Kemar Campbell with 17 points, four blocked shots and two steals, Ramario Cain with nine points, while Stephen Hall scored 11 points for Ardenne. Ardenne led 17-14 at the half-time break.

Campion College, coached by Ryan Martel, also gained a place in the Under-19 semi-finals by defeating St Catherine High 59-47. Campion led 22-16 at the interval. Ajun Burton got a game-high 27 points and 10 rebounds, Brad Smith added 19 points and 10 rebounds, while for St Catherine High Akeem Tomarse got 14 points and seven rebounds.

The other Under-16 and Under-19 quarter-final matches were slated for yesterday, with Ardenne High facing St Jago High and Kingston College taking on Calabar High in the Under-16, while in the Under-19 quarters, defending champions Wolmer's were to face Calabar and Kingston College to face St Jago High.

The semi-finals of both the Under-16 and Under-19 leagues are scheduled to be played tomorrow and Friday, with both finals scheduled next week on a date to be announced.

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