Jamaica Observer / MONTEGO BAY, St James — George Beckford, coach of William Knibb Memorial High basketball teams, has been banned for two years from all events run by the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA) after he was found guilty of bringing Game Two of the ISSA Western Conference Boys Under-16 final against Herbert Morrison at the Cricket Club into disrepute. The ban was handed down following a meeting at ISSA’s offices in Kingston on February 8, a week after the incident that took place in full view of ISSA basketball chairman Hazel Cameron.

As a result, Beckford will not be allowed on the court as his team takes part in the national play-offs that gets under way next week, in which his team is drawn in Zone Four against Calabar High and Knox College.

With three minutes left in Game Two of the best-of-three finals on February 2 at the Montego Bay Cricket Club, with William Knibb down a game and 28-40, Beckford’s aggressive dispute of the number of fouls on a Herbert Morrison player held up the game for several minutes before he was eventually ordered off the court and the game resumed.

William Knibb only made it to the semi-finals of the competition when ISSA upheld an appeal over one of their two games that was forfeited during the regular season.

William Knibb had forfeited games against Cornwall College and York Castle High and appealed the game against the latter, and as a result replaced them in the top four.

They then staged a late comeback to beat Cornwall College in the semi-finals, overturning a one-point deficit in the last 15 seconds to win by three points.


— Paul Reid


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