Calabar crowned all-island basketball champs

February 15, 2017
Ludlow Barker

Calabar High School put on a clinical performance to stop St Catherine High School 68-55 in the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association national schools basketball final at the G.C.Foster College in St Catherine to secure their third straight hold on the title.

After taking the Southern conference triple a few weeks ago, coach Ludlow Barker declared the team's desire to lift three successive All-Island titles and he believed the players executed the game plan to perfection.

"I got a good look at the St Catherine team for the first time Friday, and that helped in coming up with the game plan. They played two-three against Herbert Morrison (semi-finals) and they also pressed two-two-one. So we decided we would break the press but not only break the press but try score from them as well as not putting the ball in the basket might give them advantage," he explained.

"We also play inside out. We went inside as much as possible with our bigger players and if it collapsed or we got double teamed we would hit them from outside and the shooters were making shots, especially Taylor," he added.

Barker said that in making shots the team could also drive to the basket and if any help came they would find the open man.

"The young men executed very well and defensively we stepped up," he said.

Calabar was the better team from the outset, racing to a 23-13 lead after the first quarter and leading 43-29 at half-time. St Catherine did win the third period 17-16 but it barely made a difference and although the fourth quarter ended 9-9, Calabar took the game comfortably by 13 points.

Spence and Taylor led the way with 24 points each. Daniel Jones was St Catherine's top scorer with 13 points

In the junior final, MVP Acheim Brown top scored with 20 points in leading Calabar to a 51-44 win over Jamaica College. Jordon Brandon led JC with 12 points.

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