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Calabar hunt basketball double

Published:Friday | January 30, 2015 | 12:00 AM

Robert Bailey, Gleaner Writer

Western Conference champions Herbert Morrison Technical will meet Southern Conference winners, Calabar High, in today's ISSA/Under-19 All-Island Basketball Finals at the G.C. Foster Sports College. The match is set to tip off at 5:30 p.m.

Calabar will be hunting the double as they take on St Jago in the Under-16 All-Island final starting at 4 p.m.

The Under-19 final is expected to be very exciting, as both teams are evenly matched in all departments.

Herbert Morrison booked their place in today's final with a close 68-65 win over Ardenne. Calabar secured their spot in the final with a narrow 53-50 victory over St Jago.

Calabar's coach, Ludlow Barker, said he is expecting a close battle, but he is confident his team will come out on top.

"It should be an exciting game because I think we match up well against each other, and so it should be a ding-dong battle to the end," said Barker.

The Red Hills Road-based school will be depending heavily on the likes of Javardo Simmonds, Javaun Saulder, and Maliek McCarty, to lead their charge to victory.

ready for the challenge

On the other hand, Dave Black coach of Herbert Morrison said his team is ready to tackle Calabar.

"My team is looking forward to a good game because we know that Calabar are going to be tough opponents," said Black.

"We have been playing together from Under-14, and so our chemistry is good and we have gelled together well, and so I am expecting us to win this final," he added.

Herbert Morrison will be depending heavily on national Under-17 invitees Ralique Grant and Gregory Wallace to lead them to victory.