Herbert Morrison claim fifth-straight U-14 basketball title

Observer writer

Wednesday, June 06, 2018

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MONTEGO BAY, St James — Herbert Morrison Technical won their fifth-straight ISSA Western Conference Boy's Under-14 basketball title on Monday, coming from behind to beat Cornwall College 37-25 in the final at the Montego Bay Cricket Club.

Cornwall College were the victims in all five finals, the last four of which Herbert Morrison were led by Dave Black, after Douglas Reid started the run in 2014.

Both finalists will contest the ISSA all-island play-offs scheduled for today at the National Arena in Kingston.

On Monday Cornwall led 21-20 in the third quarter, but were outscored 17-4 over the remainder of the game with just three points in the fourth quarter.

Meanwhile, Holland High finished third after beating Muschett High 46-21 in the consolation pay-offs, thanks to a game-high 18 points from Flawless Travers.

In the final, the teams alternated the lead for most of the game up to late in the third quarter, before the champions took over against a visibly worn down Cornwall College.

Cornwall College scored the first four points of the game, but Herbert Morrison responded to lead 10-9 at the end of the first quarter, before Cornwall took over the lead in the second quarter and led 16-15 at the half-time break.

The losers then led 19-16 and 21-16 before Herbert Morrison started their final rally and took over at 22-21, with just over a minute-and-half to go in the third quarter, before running away with the game and subsequently the title.

Kyle Fraser, who was named Most Valuable Player, led Herbert Morrison with a double-double 10 steals and 10 rebounds, along with seven steals and six points; Dalmar Clarke scored 10 points and had seven rebounds and six steals, while Kimario Excell scored six points.

Dontae McBean and Shemar Martin both scored six points for Cornwall College.

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