Basketball

William Knibb get lifeline

Friday, January 26, 2018

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A ruling by the Inter-secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA) has virtually handed William Knibb Memorial a spot in the semi-finals of the Under-16 section of the Western Conference boys' basketball competition.

William Knibb are set to play their second-round game against York Castle High in Martha Brae today, but regardless of the outcome they will join defending champions Herbert Morrison, Cornwall College and Rhodes Hall in the semi-finals that start on Monday at Montego Bay Cricket Club.

As a result of the ruling by ISSA to play the game that William Knibb was forced to forfeit, the Martha Brae-based school switched places with York Castle, after the latter lost two points that they would have earned if the decision to forfeit had stood.

William Knibb were set to miss out on the top four that starts on Monday, after completing their fixtures on 21 points and in fifth place after winning eight games, losing three and forfeiting two.

Under the rules, teams are awarded two points for a win, one for a loss but none in the event of a forfeit, they however appealed one of their forfeits, against York Castle who were in fourth place, and their case was upheld.

William Knibb had won the first meeting between the two teams, and given the circumstances of the game today, should win as York Castle — if they turn up — would only be honouring the fixtures as their position in the table will not change regardless of the outcome.

Meanwhile, the top four teams in both sections have been confirmed as defending champions Herbert Morrison lead the qualifiers in the Under-19 section with a perfect 14-win season, their third-straight season without a loss. They are followed by Muschett High on 25 points, Spot Valley High on 22 points with Holland High in fourth place on 21 points.

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