Sport

Manchester High cop All-island U14 title

BY PAUL A REID Observer writer

Tuesday, June 17, 2014    

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MONTEGO BAY, St James — Manchester High won their first ISSA basketball All-island Under-14 title last Wednesday after they beat St Jago High 30-15 in the final of the one-day tournament played at the Montego Bay Cricket Club.

Two teams from each of the three conferences met for the rally, with the two winning both of their first-round games to qualify for the final.

Southern Conference champions Jamaica College took third place after beating Western champions Cornwall College 49-30 in the consolation game.

The Central champions, who were led by tournament MVP Rojay Graham, dominated the error-prone St Jago team and recovered from a slow start to win going away.

St Jago led 8-4 midway the first quarter before Manchester High hit their stride and scored the next 14 points, including all 10 in the second quarter for an 18-8 half-time lead.

Despite the teams combining for just six points in the third quarter, Manchester High managed to increase their margin and were up 22-10 going into the final quarter.

Graham scored eight points for Manchester High in the game, while Jumario Grant had a game-high 13 for St Jago.

In the third-place game, Carrington Blake and Malik Cunningham both scored 14 points for Jamaica College, while Jahvane Wilson led Cornwall College with 10 points and Ojay Marshall scored six.

In the first round, Manchester High beat Spot Valley 14-7 and just edged Jamaica College 23-22 in their second game, while St Jago beat Cornwall College 30-25 and Clarendon College 24-21.

In other games, Cornwall College had a walkover win after Clarendon College turned up an hour late for the game; Jamaica College beat Spot Valley 35-28.

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