Western Bureau:Double ISSA Western Conference High School basketball champions Herbert Morison Technical are in pole position after Game One of their best-of-three finals on Wednesday, outlasting a spirited Cornwall College in both the Under-16 and U-19 categories at the Montego Bay Cricket Club court.The Dave Black-coached Herbert Morrison stopped Cornwall College by a comfortable 65-50 margin to win the senior match-up.But they were made to work much harder in the junior section by a Cornwall College side that was bent on turning the tables on the Herbert Morrison juggernaut. Herbert Morrison ultimately prevailed by a narrow 53-50 margin for the advantage heading into Game Two of the series.The reliable shooting guard, Ralique Grant, was in awesome form for his team, ending with a game-high 34 points.Grant, who is in line for the season’s MVP award, also had three rebounds, six steals, and three assists.Fellow guard Tafari Vassell added 12 points and 12 rebounds in a double-double effort for Herbert Morrison as Herbert Morrison sped off to a whirlwind 13-point lead (18-5) after just one quarter.Cornwall College rallied through Antonio Spence, especially in the second quarter. Spence eventually ended as his team’s top scorer with 16 points and pulled down 14 rebounds.But it was the defending champions all the way as they dominated all quarters, except in the fourth, as Spence and Leonardo Friginette threatened to wrest Game One from them. Friginette also recorded a double-double, hitting 15 points and 13 rebounds.In the end, Herbert Morrison had enough to post the victory, after posting (18-5, 15-12, 16-11 and 16-22) quarterly returns.It was not so comfortable for them, however, in the Under-16 category as Ojay Marshall and Alwade Thompson of Cornwall partnered superbly in trying to secure the much-needed win.Marshall’s 17 points and three rebounds and that of Thompson (12 points), propelled Cornwall College to within touching distance of a victory, but Herbert Morrison’s star shooter, Shaqueal Benti’s 17 points output, led the way.Benti was supported in the win by Ryheem Barrett, 13 points, while Davaughn Campbell chipped in with a useful 10 points, four rebounds, and eight steals.
LANCASTER – Standing in an overcrowded cell block next to makeshift double-bunked beds as the stench of body odor wafted about Friday, California’s head prison administrator said conditions at Lancaster’s state prison were an embarrassment. “This is inappropriate,” said James E. Tilton, secretary of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. “An inmate should have an opportunity to serve his time, have productive activities and try to improve his life.” Inmates triple-bunked in a day room originally designed for recreation described their living conditions as deplorable. “It’s scary and dangerous,” said Jose Zavarra, a Salvadoran who said he was serving time on burglary charges. “There’s diseases all over the place here.” Tilton toured the facility to support Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s prison-reform package, which features a $10.9 billion expansion program that its backers say is needed to fix a beleaguered system. The plan would add 78,000 beds to a jail and prison system the governor’s supporters say is desperately needed to keep potentially dangerous criminals behind bars. They cite statistics showing that 233,388 individuals avoided incarceration or were released early in 2005 because there was no room to house them. Lancaster’s 262-acre facility, designed to accommodate 2,300 inmates when it opened in 1993, currently houses 4,305, of which 450 live in emergency double- and triple-bunked beds in gyms, day rooms and in cellblocks amid conditions Tilton said were unsafe. California’s prison system, designed for 100,000 inmates, currently has a population of 174,000, with 17,000 inmates housed in temporary facilities. “If you want to give me the inmates, give me the budget,” Tilton said at a news conference after the tour. The plan includes an additional $41.1 million spending on anti-recidivism programs, including drug treatment, job training and housing assistance, and calls for $50 million to improve the adult probation program, focusing on 18- to 25-year-olds. The plan would also establish a commission to review sentencing guidelines. email@example.com (661) 267-7802160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!