Calabar retain South Conference basketball title
Calabar High retained the ISSA Southern Conference Under-19 title on Wednesday at the National Indoor Sports Centre, following a pulsating and gripping 59-55 win over Camperdown in the decisive game of their three-match series for a 2-1 win.
The winners trailed the entire first-half but pegged back their opponents in the third before pulling off a thrilling victory in the final minute of the game.
Jehvaun Faulder led the Red Hills Road school with a game high 22 points and he was well supported by tournament MVP, Maliek McCarthy with 20 points and 13 rebounds. Desean Boyd had 18 points and 13 rebounds for Camperdown.
"We got them into foul trouble and at that point we used our more experienced players to attack them," Calabar coach Ludlow Barker related after the game
"We are the best team and we showed that tonight and we want to continue that as we move into the all island," he added.
Camperdown started the better team and took the first quarter 16-13 and led 35-27 at the half.
Calabar came out recharged in the third quarter and started reeling in their opponents and went in front for the first at 41-40, with over a minute to go but Camperdown regained the advantage as the quarter ended 45-44.
The final quarter was action-packed. Calabar edged in front 56-55 with only 27 seconds to play and eventually sealed the game from the free-throw line.