Five straight!

Herbert Morrison cop another double ISSA boys' basketball title

Observer West writer

Thursday, January 24, 2019

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MONTEGO BAY, St James — Herbert Morrison Technical won a fifth straight ISSA Western Conference boys' basketball double on Tuesday as they took home the Under-16 and Under-19 titles in contrasting victories.

The school captured both best-of-three final series by 2-0 margins at Montego Bay Cricket Club.

After cruising to a 34-point win over Cornwall College in the Under-16 competition, the Under-19 team rallied late to beat first-time finalists York Castle 52-50 in an exciting and explosive final two minutes.

The narrow win saw Herbert Morrison, the national Under-19 champions, extend their unbeaten run in western basketball to five seasons, and are unbeaten in all competitions over the last season.

Both finalists in either section advance to the national play-offs, set to start soon.

Also on Tuesday, Cornwall College clinched third place in the Under-19 competition, beating Rhodes Hall High 66-55, led by Omar Campbell's 20 points and 20 rebounds, and Dushawn Medley with 12 points and 14 rebounds, as well as 16 points from Kenrick Brown.

Javani Davis scored 20 points for Rhodes Hall and Akeem Davis scored 17.

Last week, York Castle beat Holland High 58-45 for third place in the Under-16 section.

On Tuesday night, Darren King hit two big three-point baskets in the fourth quarter, the second one with under 10 seconds to go, to give Herbert Morrison the victory.

York Castle led by as many as five points, 48-43, with five minutes to go, before King cut the deficit to two points.

But the St Ann school were up by four points, 50-46, with a minute and 11 seconds to go in the game.

Herbert Morrison trailed by a point with 12 seconds left on the clock, when King launched his second three-point attempt to knock the wind out of York Castle's sails.

David Gordon came off the bench to score a team high 14 points and 13 rebounds for Herbert Morrison, while King and Davaughn Campbell scored 11 points each.

Ihejah Clarke had a game-high 29 points to lead York Castle, while Ruel Richards scored 10 points.

In the Under-16 game, Herbert Morrison outscored Cornwall College 42-24 over the last two quarters in their lopsided victory which saw Dalmar Clarke leading the way with 18 points, Kyle Fraser scored 17 points and Anthony Thorpe scored 15 points.

Romario Senior had 11 points and 11 rebounds for Cornwall College, while Peter Murray scored 10 points.

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