Calabar, St Jago in monster clash
Robert Bailey, Gleaner Writer
Reigning Southern Conference champions, Calabar and St Jago high schools, will clash in today's semi-final of the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association all-island championships.
The match will be played at the National Stadium courts, starting at 5 p.m. This match will be preceded by the Under-16 semi-final clash between Knox College and St Jago.
Calabar will start as favourites to win today's encounter over St Jago, this after defeating the latter by nine points in the semi-final of the Southern Conference competition.
However, today's match is expected to be much closer as the St Jago team has improved a lot since their earlier defeat to Calabar.
Ludlow Bernard, coach of Calabar, expects a tough game.
"We know each other and so it is the team that executes on the day that will come out on top," said Bernard. "However, I am always confident in my team no matter who we are going up against."
Bernard added: "This St Jago team plays from whistle to whistle, because they are a tough team to beat and so it should be a very exciting game."
Calabar will rest their hopes in the hands of the power forward Maliek McCarthy, point guard Javaun Saulder, and small forward Javardo Simmonds.
St Jago's coach, Kevin Vassell, is also prepared for a dogfight.
Good Training Session
"My team is really focused because we had a good training session on Sunday and hopefully they can bring it out on match day," said Vassell.
"We are pretty confident," he said. "But we know that Calabar is really tough and so it is going to be a hard game for us."
He added: "I think that once we are consistent by moving the ball from side to side then we will win the game. We also have to make sure that we convert our shots and rebound ball."
The Monk Street-based St Jago will rest their hopes in the hands of Jason Walker, Kaskief Clarke and Lamar Adams.