Hail the King - Herbert Morrison coach Dave Black hailed for heroics

February 06, 2018
Alek Gilchrist was the Under-19 competition's MVP. He also won awards for most steals, most blocked shots and most assists.
Dave 'Puey' Black, coach of Herbert Morrison Technical High School, receives the awards for best Under-16 and 19 coach of the ISSA/Western Conference Basketball Championships. Doing the handing over is referee Suezette Virgo.

Tammi-Terrelle Smith, acting principal of Herbert Morrison Technical High School (HMTHS), has credited coach Dave Black for the school's basketball success.

Herbert Morrison last Friday won their fourth straight ISSA/Western Conference basketball Under-16 and Under-19 championships.

Along with the four back-to-back Under-16 and Under-19 titles, Herbert Morrison recorded two straight Under-14 titles in 2016 and 2017. The Under-14 team will do battle later this year and Herbert Morrison is aiming for another three-peat.

"Dave Black, who is also a teacher here, has been an inspirational, innovative, and creative coach. He has been with us for some time now and I'm impressed by how he has a very good rapport with the team. The boys have the greatest respect for him and I guess that's why they have been doing so well," said Smith.

Smith said that the victories have uplifted the department.




"The persons in the department gel together as a cohesive unit so one can see the results based on that. ... If it continues like this, I am expecting greater results year by year," said Smith.

Alek Gilchrist, who was awarded the Under-19 competition's MVP, was also awarded for most steals, most blocked shots, and most assists. Brendon Dawkins provided great support, picking up the Top Scorer Award.

For the Under-16 competition, Kyle Frazer picked up the Top Three-point Shooter Award, while Anthony Thorpe received the Top Free-throw Shooter Aaward.

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