Double trouble

Herbert Morrison draw first blood in U-16, U-19 basketball best-of-three finals

Observer writer

Sunday, January 20, 2019

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MONTEGO BAY, St James — Four-time defending champions Herbert Morrison Technical took the lead in both sections of the ISSA Western Conference boys' basketball best-of-three finals after the first games at the Montego Bay Cricket Club on Friday.

A triple-double from Anthony Thorpe led the Under-16 team to a 65-40 win over Cornwall College, while David Gordon had a double-double in the Under-19 game that they won 63-45 over first-time finalists York Castle.

Game two in both categories will be played on Tuesday at the same venue, and if necessary, game three on Friday.

In the third-place play-off in the Under-16 section, York Castle, who are playing in the conference for the second year and who got to the semi-finals for the first time, beat Holland High 58-45.

In the third place play-offs, the teams were tied at 22-all at half-time, but York Castle went in a big run in the third quarter and led 46-33 going into the fourth quarter.

Lennon Richards scored 23 points and had 16 rebounds and eight steals for York Castle, Ramish Rankin scored 16 points, while Maurice Vassell scored four points and had 14 rebounds.

Holland High's Flawless Travers led all scorers with 28 points and also had 11 rebounds, while Tyreese Williams just missed a triple-double with 14 points, 14 rebounds and nine blocked shots.

In the Under-16 final, Thorpe scored 28 points, had 13 rebounds and 12 steals, as well as 11 turnovers as he led Herbert Morrison to their 25-point win.

Dalmar Clarke scored 11 points and Kyle Fraser 11 and had six rebounds and six assists for Herbert Morrison who held Cornwall College to 13 points in the first half and trailed by 22 points.

Romario Senior scored 16 points for Cornwall College and Rushane Francis got six points.

In the Under-20 final, Gordon scored 27 points and grabbed 12 rebounds before fouling out in the fourth quarter for the second-straight game as he was also given a technical foul.

Herbert Morrison Technical, the national champions, took charge of the game from early and despite runs led by Nadjrick Peart and Ihejah Clarke, the St Ann school fell short.

Gordon scored 27 points and had 12 rebounds and Davaughn Campbell scored 16 points and had nine steals while Peart scored 14 points and had 12 rebounds and eight blocked shots for the losers while four players scored six points each as Clarke grabbed 15 rebounds.

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