William Knibb, St George's cop basketball titles
WILLIAM Knibb High and St George's College are the KFC All-Island Inter-secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA) Under-19 and Under-16 champions with recent victories over Jamaica College (JC) and Old Harbour High, respectively.
Trelawny-based William Knibb, the alma mater of the great Usain Bolt, defeated JC 66-58 to capture the senior title, while St George's College turned back Old Harbour 59-57 in a nail-biting encounter at the National Stadium last Thursday.
Muschette High secured third spot in the Under-19 category with a 62-33 thrashing of Belair High, while a no-show by Ardenne High handed JC the third spot in the Under-16 competition.
In the Under-19 final, JC opened the scoring but failed to keep the lead as William Knibb established a four-point lead at the end of the first quarter (14-10) and never relinquished that advantage.
William Knibb had increased their advantage to six at the half-time interval, leading 31-25 and opened up a 10-point gap at the end of the third quarter, leading 49-39, before holding on fairly comfortably for an eight-point win.
Shevaughn Reid top-scored for William Knibb with 28 points, 10 rebounds and five assists.
The Under-16 final was a much closer affair. The 'Light Blues' from North Street opened the scores but it was Old Harbour High who streaked into a four-point lead at the end of the first interval, 15-11.
The second quarter was evenly balanced with the scores locked at 22 with three minutes remaining, but once again Old Harbour High finished the period better with a two-point advantage, leading 31-29.
It was the same story at the end of the third quarter with Old Harbour holding a two-point advantage, 44-42, heading into the fourth and final quarter.
Spectators were now sitting anxiously at the edge of the seats in anticipation of a nail-biting finish and they weren't disappointed.
With 18 seconds left in the game, the scores were tied at 57 and STGC managed to capitalise on a play made after numerous timeouts being called by coaches to end the game 59-57.
Malik Jackson top-scored for the winners with 19 points, four rebounds, two blocked shots and seven assists. However, it was Joel Bailey of Old Harbour High who won the Most Valuable Player (MVP) for the Under-16 and he top-scored with 24 points, five rebounds, 10 steals and five assists.
Presentation of medals and trophies were made by chairperson for ISSA, Hazel Cameron, and KFC marketing manager Ryan Silvera.