Basketball

Herbert Morrison clinch ISSA Western Conference U16 basketball

BY PAUL A REID
Observer writer

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

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MONTEGO BAY, St James — Double defending champions Herbert Morrison Technical rebounded from their first loss in two years to win the Under-16 section of the ISSA Western Conference boys' basketball competition after beating Cornwall College 63-26 in their rescheduled game played at Herbert Morrison on Monday.

Herbert Morrison had lost to Rhodes Hall in an upset last week, their first loss since 2016 when they were beaten by Cornwall College in a return-round game but bounced back with a big win to edge their Montego Bay cross-town rivals for the top spot going into the semi-finals that got under way on Monday.

The champions finished their regular season with 27 points, one more than Cornwall College, both already qualified for the semis, while three other schools — William Knibb Memorial, Rhodes Hall and York Castle — are left battling for the other two spots.

They also completed a third- straight perfect regular season in the Under-19 section with a 70-33 win over Cornwall College on Monday, winning all 14 games to end with 28 points and are followed by Muschett High on 24 and Spot Valley High on 20, all through to the semi-finals.

Meanwhile, the regular season, which was extended by over a month due to continuous heavy rains in western Jamaica, should end today with two games at Spot Valley. St James High meet Muschett High in an Under-16 game followed by Spot Valley meeting Muschett in what could be a warm-up for the semi-finals.

On Monday, Herbert Morrison dominated Cornwall College, who had not played since mid-December and in the junior game led 14-6 after the first quarter and were up by 20 points, 36-16, at half-time, improving their lead to 47-18 at the end of the third quarter.

Anthony Thorpe had a double-double for the winners, scoring 16 points and had 13 rebounds, while Kyle Fraser scored 15 points with Omar Campbell leading Cornwall College with 10 points.

Four players scored in double figures for Herbert Morrison in the Under-19 game led by David Gordon and Alex Gilchrist, who both had double-doubles.

Gordon scored a game-high 22 points and had 15 rebounds and Gilchrist scored 11 points and 10 rebounds as well as nine assists and eight steals.

Brendan Dawkins also scored 17 points and Davaughn Campbell scored 16 points for the winners who outscored Cornwall College 59-29 over the last three quarters.

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