Calabar bag basketball double
Robert Bailey, Gleaner Writer
Calabar High captured the ISSA/Under-19 and Under-16 all-island basketball titles at the GC Foster College in St Catherine yesterday.
Calabar won the Under-16 title, after a close 36-33 victory over St Jago. Javaughn Taylor, eight points and nine rebounds, Jordan Kellier seven points, 10 rebounds and eight blocks, were the leading performers for Calabar.
Lushane Wilson with 13 points and 13 rebounds and Chevaughn Garnett nine points and four rebounds, led the way for St Jago.
Calabar led 20-18 at half-time but St Jago rallied strongly to tie the game at 23-23 at the end of the third quarter. Both teams fought gallantly in the final quarter before Calabar emerged with a narrow win.
Calabar turned in an excellent fourth quarter to beat Herbert Morrison Technical High 70-67 to complete the double in the senior final.
Javardo Simmonds was Calabar's top performer with a game high 17 points and six rebounds. He got good support from Maliek McCarthy 16 points and six rebounds.
Gregory Wallace, 16 points and 24 rebounds, and Ralique Grant with 13 points and nine assists, were the main scorers for Herbert Morrison.
Worked very hard
Calabar's coach Ludlow Barker was delighted with his team's success.
"My boys worked very hard this season for these titles," said Barker. "We knew that both games were going to be tough but we stuck to the task and I am happy that we have won," he added.
In the Under-19 final Herbert Morrison outscored Calabar in the opening period for a 20-15 lead at the end of the quarter.
Herbert Morrison were also on top in the second period and quickly they extended their lead to 28-17 with six minutes remaining in the stanza. The green and black-clad Calabar rallied strongly in the final minutes of the quarter as McCarthy scored four straight points to cut the deficit.
Herbert Morrison led 34-30 at half-time.
The free-scoring Herbert Morrison dominated the third quarter as they outplayed their opponents in every department while extending their lead to 52-45 at the end of the third period.
Calabar came out firing on all cylinders in the fourth period and they took the game away from Herbert Morrison. Simmonds was the main destroyer for Calabar as he scored nine points in the fourth quarter to power his team to victory.