Paul Clarke, Gleaner Writer
Western Bureau:Muschett High's guard, Shavaughn Reid, walked away with all the shooting awards in the regular season of the ISSA/KFC Under-19 Western Conference Basketball Championships.
Reid, who was named Most Valuable Player for his exploits, also emerged as the leading scorer.
Reid, who is also a regular starter for Knibb Thunders, the beaten semi-finalists in the Hi-Lyte men's Western Conference Basketball championship, topped all scorers in amassing 322 points with an impressive average of 35.8 points per game from nine starts and has the distinction of scoring 40 or more points three times and the most of any player in a single match, 48.
His input ensured that Muschett's Under-19s reached the best-of three final against Holland High, first-time finalists in the Under-19 category. That series is locked at 1-1, after a 17-point blowout victory (64-47) for Muschett in game one.
In that win, Michael Schloss led the way for Muschett with 21 points, seven rebounds and five assists performance. Alston Billings added 19 and 10 for a double double. But the tide turned for Holland in game two, with Hugh Smith leading them to a 78-62 win to even up the three-game final series, with the deciding game set for 6:00 p.m. next Wednesday at the Montego Bay Cricket Club court. The Under-16 decider between top teams Herbert Morrison and Muschett will be the opening match of a double-header at the venue.
EXPECTED TO SPARK INTO LIFE
Though not putting up his best numbers so far in the finals, Reid is expected to spark into life come Wednesday with the title on the line and will be supported by Schloss and Trevor Mowatt at the forward position.
Defending Under-16 champions Herbert Morrison Technical pulled off a stunning one-point victory over Muschett in game one, 84-83, in a repeat of last season's title series but were pegged back in game two as Muschett turned the screws in a dominant defensive display to win 72-55.
Herbert Morrison's Davis Peck was huge in both games scoring 20 points in game two, while pulling down 34 rebounds across both games. Peck was voted leading rebounder for the regular season while Muschett's Lamont Thompson made it a double for his school by being named regular season Under-16 MVP.