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Three straight for Herbert Morrison

Published:Monday | December 12, 2016 | 12:00 AMPaul Clarke
Hazel Cameron, ISSA chairperson in charge of basketball operations (third right), presents the winning trophy to successful Herbert Morrison High basketball team captain Ralique Grant, while his teammates look on. Herbert Morrison defeated Cornwall College 2-0 in the play off series.

Western Bureau:

Herbert Morrison retained both their Under-19 and Under -16 ISSA Western Conference Basketball tiles with commanding wins over Cornwall College in championship deciding Game 2 on the weekend for a third-straight hold of the respective titles.

Muschett High ended the season in third place with William Knibb fourth in the seniors, while there was also a third place finish for Muschett in the Under -16, where Rhodes Hall ended the season in fourth.

Leading the two-game finals series 1-0 coming into Game Two, Herbert Morrison needed no invitation to put away their opponents.

They won by 13 in the U-16's, getting the better of Cornwall 54-42 with Davaughn Campbell top-scoring with 22 points. His all-round game also accounted for 9 rebounds, 8 steals and 4 assists.

Team-mate David Gordon went off for a double, hitting 18 points, while pulling down 13 rebounds.

Ryheem Barrett was unstoppable in the paint, with a superb triple double that included 17 massive blocked shots, 14 rebounds and 10 points, as Herbert Morrison romped to the series - clinching victory.

Cornwall's Jowayne Jones scored a game high 30 points, and added 10 rebounds, 5 blocks and 9 steals for his team, but was unable to get them close enough to really challenge the impressive Herbert Morrison juggernaut.

It was much the same in the Under-19 section, as Herbert Morrison underlined their status as the best in western Jamaica for yet another dominant year, in a 73-49 blow-out win.

Four of their starters ended with 12 points or more, with Shaquille Benti leading the way with 13 points.

Brendon Dawkins added 12 points and 5 steals for Herbert Morrison, while Michael Palmer chipped in with an important double, 12 points and 15 rebounds, while Tafari Vassell also was impressive with some huge plays to end with a game high 22 rebounds, 12 points, 10 steals and 2 assist in an all-round effort.

Vassell was named Under-19 MVP for his stellar season and his school's 14th title overall in both divisions and continue an impressive showing for head coach Dave Black.

"It was relatively easy this year for us. The players each knew how we wanted to play and we did that in retaining the title," Black stated.

"It was great for us holding onto both our titles in such dominant fashion and now we look towards doing better in the all-island playoffs," added Black.

The western champions will now turn their attention to the all-island championship series against the three other conference winners.