Paul Clarke, Gleaner Writer
Muschett High School crowned themselves in glory, taking the double over Holland High and Herbert Morrison Technical, respectively, in the ISSA/KFC Western Conference Basketball Championship finals on Wednesday night at the Montego Bay Cricket Club court.
Herbert Morrison were no match for the more athletic Muschett players in the Under-16 final and were always chasing the game as the Trelawny-based school won 80-60, sparking jubilation among the players. Later, the senior players gave another strong performance to get past Holland 67-60.
In the Under-16 encounter, Karlington Barrett led all scorers with a game-high 29 points and was ably assisted by star player Lamon Thompson's all-round game.
Thompson scored 19 in a double effort, which also included 14 rebounds, as they showed class in dismissing Herbert Morrison in an intriguing match that really got going in the third quarter.
Very significant win
"This is more than words can say," Muschett's head coach, Trilan Johnson, said. "At the start of the season, no one expected us to do so well, especially in the Under-19 championship, but it means a whole lot for our basketball programme at Muschett High."
Guard Anthony Vassell was the top scorer for Muschett with 23 points in the Under-19 segment to lead all scorers. Michael Schloss added 14, and Trevor Mowatt chipped in with 10 points and six rebounds.
Clifton Shettleworth scored 19 points and had five steals for Holland, with Hugh Scott adding 16 points.
The victory gives Muschett their second double-title win. Their first was in 2006. Now Johnson is looking forward to making a statement in the all-island championship.
"We intend to do well and perhaps win it all," he said.
"My players also have high averages in their academic work and you will see this coming out in their play on the court. Leading this charge is Lamon Thompson, who is an excellent player and one who has a bright future in sports," said Johnson.