ISSA National basketball finals on today

Monday, February 18, 2019

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CAMPION College and Old Harbour High will do battle for a second time as they contest the 2019 Inter-secondary Schools Sports Association National Championships for Under-16 today at the G C Foster College in Spanish Town beginning at 3:00 pm at the same location.

Meanwhile, the Under-19 final will be contested by Christiana High and St George's College, set to start at 4:30 pm.

This will be a repeat of last month's Under-16 final between both teams as Campion College defeated Old Harbour to capture the Southern Conference championships.

The first encounter was closely contested and both teams are expected to hunt victory in what promises to be a keenly fought showdown.

Campion's coach Ryan Martell said he was looking to take the double.

“Both of us see the strengths and weaknesses of each other's team, but we have a plan going into this final, and providing that plan works and the players execute, Campion should come out victorious,” Martell said.

He said he knows that Christiana will be coming out very strong in their approach as they like to go up early in the lead, but he is ready and prepared for that.

In the semi-final played last Friday, Campion defeated St George's College 61-47 in the Under-16 with Daniel Isaacs scoring a game-high 22 points, 22 rebounds and five steals. Ralph Thomas had 11 points, Micah Swaine also contributed 11 points. Donald Douglas scored 14 points, 10 rebounds and 10 steals for St George's College. Campion led 40-16 at the interval.

Old Harbour defeated Calabar High in the other Under-16 semi-final 79-34 through Chad Davis and Dujon Royal with 22 points each. Leonardo Moncrieffe got 12 points for Calabar.

In the Under-19 semi-finals, Christiana High upset Southern Conference champions Camperdown High in an exciting 65-62 game, while St George's College defeated St Catherine High 57-44.

The third-place play-off in the Under-16 will be between St George's College and Calabar at 12 noon, while the third-place play-off in the Under-19 between Camperdown and St Catherine will be at 3:00 pm.

— Gerald Reid

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