Herbert Morrison set to extend record title run
Dave Black, the coach of Herbert Morrison Technical High's basketball team, is confident that the school will capture their record sixth straight ISSA Western Conference Under-16 and -19 titles after booking their spots in the final on Wednesday at the Montego Bay Cricket Club Court.
The Under-19 team whipped Rhodes Hall High 83-50. David Brown had a game-high 39 points for the winners. Javani Davis (17) got most points for Rhodes Hall.
The Under-16 team hammered York Castle 77-37, with Anthony Thorpe picking up 25 points. Lennon Richards top-scored for York Castle with 19 points.
In the other games, Cornwall College (CC) advanced to the Under-16 final, getting by Holland 58-53 despite a game-high 31 points from Holland's Flawless Travers. Romario Senior top-scored for CC with 22 points.
CC missed out on a chance to have both teams in the finals as York Castle, led by 28 points from Nadjrick Peat, defeated the Montego Bay-based school 55-50. Omar Campbell was top scorer for CC with 15 points.
"Our under-19 team is pretty young because we lost most of our players from last year. However, the team still has a lot of basketball experience because most of them have been playing together from the under-14 level," Black said.
"The under-16s are, in my view, are one of the best in the country because these guys have also been playing together since under-14. We are confident we (will) get past the western finals because our team is back to full strength and want to make a big push for the all-island title," he added.
The best of three double-header finals is set to start next Tuesday at the same venue.