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Jamaica College Wins Under-19 Urban Area Basketball Championship

Kingston, Jamaica – In an exhilarating display of skill, and team spirit, Jamaica College (JC) has clinched the ISSA Under-19 Urban Area Basketball Championship title, marking a historic victory after a 15-year wait. The championship was secured following a gripping 69-63 win against Wolmer’s Boys in the decisive third game of the series, held at the Michel University College.

A Comeback to Remember

JC’s journey to victory was anything but straightforward. After trailing behind in the series, they staged a remarkable comeback in the second game, overturning a 13-point deficit in the fourth quarter. This set the stage for the thrilling decider on Friday, where JC led from the front, showcasing both their basketball prowess and mental fortitude.

Game Three: A Display of Dominance

Game three was a testament to JC’s unwavering focus and strategy. The team, under the guidance of Coach Dwayne Cunningham, a former D1 player, displayed exceptional coordination and skill. Darari Nicholson, with an impressive 23 points, led the scoring, closely followed by Captain Xavier Keys with 22 points. JC maintained a lead throughout the game, entering the fourth quarter with a slight edge at 47-45 and eventually sealing their victory with a 69-63 win.

A Legacy Reclaimed

This victory is particularly significant for Jamaica College, as it marks the end of a 15-year drought in the Under-19 category. The team’s success is a culmination of years of hard work and progression, having won at under-14 and under-16 levels, and now triumphing at the under-19 level.

Coach and Team Reflect on the Victory

Coach Cunningham expressed his relief and pride in the team’s performance. “It wasn’t easy, but we had a game plan and executed it perfectly. This win is a legacy for JC, a testament to the hard work and dedication of these young athletes,” he remarked.

The players echoed this sentiment, acknowledging the importance of listening to their coach and executing the game plan. The journey to the top was challenging but ultimately rewarding.

Looking Ahead: The All-Island Competition

With the urban area championship now secured, JC’s focus shifts to the all-island competition. The team’s growth and development, from their first foray into basketball to this significant achievement, are a source of immense pride for the coaches, management team, and parents who have been instrumental in supporting the players every step of the way.

A Message of Gratitude

JC extends heartfelt thanks to the coaches, management team, parents, and, most importantly, the players, whose hard work and perseverance have been the cornerstone of this remarkable achievement. This victory is not just for Jamaica College but for the entire community that has supported them through thick and thin.


Jamaica College’s victory in the ISSA Under-19 Urban Area Basketball Championship is a shining example of the power of teamwork, dedication, and resilience. It serves as an inspiration to future generations of JC athletes and a reminder of the rich sporting legacy of the institution.