Victory Sweet Herbert Morrison Technical High Slide by Finals
With their third appearance in the ISSA Boys Under 16 and 19 All Island Championship, the impressive Herbert Morrison Technical High School has sealed the deal to the finals of the Jamaica High School Basketball to be played Friday January 30, 2015 at GC Foster in St. Catherine.
The fans in the packed stands stood silently, shoulder to shoulder at the Montego Bay Cricket club when Matthew Lee from Ardenne High stepped up the plate and pulled up a successful 19 ft 3point shot in the fourth quarter. They had now cut the score to a 1 point lead. Herbert Morrison Technical High School (Compre) had to call a time out to review a new play. The spectators were getting heated with only a few seconds on the clock. This was the semi-finals and it was either win or go home. “Compre” had now regained possession of the ball. Ralique Grant dribbled to the 2 point line and took a shot with only seconds on the clock. Coach Dave Black stood there nervously watching his player. The basket was successful and now they had a 3point lead. Ardenne High had no more timeouts which meant they had to work a miracle in getting back in the game. This was exciting as you could hear the crowd chanting “Compre! Compre! Compre!” Ardenne dribbled the ball to make a last attempt at going into overtime; however because of the strong defense of Herbert Morrison they were unable to do so. The referee blew the final whistle. The score ended (68-65) in favor of Herbert Morrison. It was a very close match and the Ralique Grant was crowned as the MVP with 24pts, 4rbs, 5stls and 3assists. Both teams showed sportsmanship by shaking hands. Everyone was excited that a team from the Western Region had earned their spot to yet another final. A collective groan rose up from the Ardenne supporters. Their team was defeated. Compre had won again.
Extra Extra Calabar Snatched Finals
Written/Photographs by Ashley Anguin
With both their under 16 and under 19 team appearance in the finals, the dominating Calabar High School grabbed both championship trophies Friday January 30, 2015 at GC Foster in St. Catherine.
In the under 19 match versus Herbert Morrison, though they were not the most outstanding team playing, Calabar somehow managed to capture the trophy. The fans roared in the stands while both teams were battling vigorously for the championship at GC Foster. Herbert Morrison was in control of the entire match. They had the crowd going wild. They were the favourites of the game.
The fourth quarter was coming to an end and everyone had called the game in Compre’s favor. The score was 65-55 with three minutes till the final whistle. Calabar put on a show in the final minutes remaining. They outscored their opponents and finally took the lead. Javardo Simmonds kept his team going by driving to the basket and sinking each shot to help put them in the lead. They were coming from a 10point deficit. The score was now 65-66which had Calabar in the lead. “Compre” had to call a time out. The match resumed and they were in possession of
the ball. Gregory Wallace dribbled down the court and was fouled while he made a layup. He was awarded 2 free throws and this was his chance to take the lead. As he took his free throws, the stands were extremely silent. He missed the first basket but was successful for the other. The score was now 66-66. The game was tied and Calabar had possession of the ball. This game was nerve wrecking. Everyone was unsure who would be crowned champions.
As Calabar dribbled down the court, they made a pass, when suddenly Ralique Grant from Herbert Morrison stole it. He quickly made a 3 point attempt which he missed and there was Brendon Dawkins from Calabar to get the defensive rebound. Brendon then passed the ball to his teammate where he made a layup while being fouled. Everyone was on the edge of their seats. While the Calabar player went to free throw line to take his two shots, the “Compre fans shouted loudly to distract him. With a boastful smile, he scored both baskets. The score was now 67-68. The room was electrifying with the supporters. With only 2 seconds left in the game, Dave Black, Herbert Morrison’s coach called a time out. This was their final chance to make a big move. As they inbounded the ball, it went out of bounce giving Calabar back the position. This had the crowd fired up. Calabar supporters were very loud as they inbounded the ball; Compre was forced to foul them. The player made both free throws which now gave them a 3 point lead.
The referee blew the final whistle. The score ended (67-70) in favor of Calabar. It was a very tense match and though they were not the winning team, Gregory Wallace was crowned as the MVP with 16pts, 24rbs, 5blks, and 4 assists. With tears and joy both teams showed sportsmanship with hugs and respect. This was a match no one would ever forget. These players showed a great deal of effort and for that it ended well.