It was an emotional night for Calabar High School’s coach, Ludlow Barker, after watching his team hold off Ardenne High to win back-to-back Under-19 ISSA National Basketball Championship titles, following a 62-52 overtime win at the G.C. Foster College auditorium on Tuesday evening.Led by a game-high 28 points from MVP Maliek McCarthy and 13 points from Jevaun Faulder, Calabar High shrugged off a fourth-quarter surge from the Basil Barrett-coached Ardenne before going on to dominate overtime 12-4.Justin Rhoden was Ardenne’s top scorer with 15 points.However, in his post-match interview, Calabar High’s coach, Barker, could not restrain the tears as emotions overwhelmed him while he piled praises on his players for their sacrifice on the road to winning back-to-back Southern Conference and national championship honours.”I know these players,” said a tearful Barker. “When they commit to do the work, they come up trumps. I believe in them; they believe in me. I just love these players. I love coaching the school because they have heart and soul.TOP COACH, PLAYERS”They (players) say they have a top coach, but I say I have top players – the greatest players in the world – and I’d never exchange them for anything,” he stated.”Winning back-to-back South Conference titles was going to be tough, but winning back-to-back all-island was going to be harder. We had to have a lot of self-discipline and play good defence.”After an evenly contested first quarter (12-12), Calabar High captured the second period 11-7 to lead 23-19 at half-time. They continued to hold the ascendancy after taking the third quarter 17-14, but in the final quarter, Ardenne upped their game a couple of notches and Calabar High could find no answer as the Basil Barrett-coached team were hitting shots from all angles and range. In the final analysis, Ardenne High won the period 15-8 to be tied 48-48 at the final whistle.However, in overtime, Ardenne did not know what hit them as Calabar High came out firing and easily captured the period 12-4 for a convincing win.”My team held its nerve when it went to overtime. They were still feeling good about themselves even though they gave up the lead,” Barker admitted. “We didn’t lose concentration. We stuck to the game plan and we supported each other, and defensively, we did an excellent job. So to repeat at this level is quite a joy.”In the junior final, St George’s College avenged their Southern Conference final defeat to St Catherine High with a 54-47 win.Jordon Gilles with 17 points and Nathan Reid (10 points) were the top scorers for St George’s. Shevran Williams was St Catherine’s top scorer with 13 points.
The late Keith Wilson, a Liberian entrepreneur and international businessmanLiberian International Entrepreneur Mr. Keith Errol Wilson, a prominent Liberian and international entrepreneur, died suddenly on Wednesday, November 6, 2019, at Aspen Medical in Sinkor.Keith was born September 11, 1948 in Jamaica, the West Indies, unto the union of Mr. Cyril and Evelyn Wilson. The couple emigrated to Liberia in 1964 with their children and immediately opened a successful butchery business at Clay Street, Monrovia.Keith went to school in England, where he studied at the Wolverhampton Grammar School.Upon their arrival in Liberia, Keith enrolled in Cuttington College and Divinity School (now Cuttington University), for a year, before traveling to the United States, to complete his studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC), and obtained a degree in Economics.In 1972, Keith married Miss Euphemia Morgan. The marriage produced two children, Richard and Lisa. Keith subsequently married Diana and they had a son, Keith.He returned to Liberia in 1981 and went into private business. Later, he served the Monrovia City Hall as Chairman of the Council, during the administration of the late Mayor Lafayette Johnson.Keith remained in private business until the war. When he left Liberia, he engaged in several international business enterprises including working in Mexico and Europe.Keith met his wife Miss Tetee Marie Therese Mathelier in Miami, Florida in 1993. They returned to Liberia in 1997 and married on May 21, 1998.In 2001 Keith and Tetee moved to Rome, Italy where he ran his software development company until 2009.Later in 2009, they relocated to Oxford England, and continued his tech business. A year later, he returned to Liberia and got involved in construction.Keith’s parents and siblings, Elaine and Richard Wilson, predeceased him.He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Tetee Marie Therese Wilson; his four children, Richard, Lisa, Keith and Michael, all in the United States working as young professionals; his only surviving sibling Michael Wilson and his wife Pauline. His mother-in-law Evelyn Mathelier, several in-laws including Ms. Monique Mathelier Kouwenhoven, Cllr. Oswald N. Tweh, several nieces and nephews and a host of relatives and friends in Liberia, USA, Jamaica and the UK.Family and friends will celebrate Keith’s life on Saturday, November 23, at 3 p.m. at the Marshall Athletic Club in Marshall, Margibi County.The Rev. Charles B. Roberts of the Faith Healing Temple of Jesus Christ will officiate the service.In fulfillment of his wishes, Keith remains will be cremated and later scattered in his birthplace of Jamaica.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)