The State Street 12 and Under Basketball Championship matches were extremely exciting and people that weren’t there missed out on a show for the ages.
First up, The former champs Truth for Youth School showed great resilience and fought back from 8 points down to win the 3rd place position 24-21 over George Town Primary; The comeback was led by Lexie Solomon and Glenique Bodden who have been the ultimate leaders for their team. But they were not alone as the entire team stepped up and among them was Jason McLean who added some offense with 5 points. Solomon had 8 points and 4 rebounds while Bodden had 2 points and 5 rebounds. George Town’s Story was also not a disappointment as they can back from 6th place in the league at one point to capture the 4th place position and make it to the semi-finals. George Town was Led by Shana Linwood, perhaps the most tenacious rebounder in the entire league! And Pierre Dandie – one of the most feared defenders in the league. Linwood had 8 points, 9 rebounds and 5 steals while Dandie added 5 points, 3 rebounds and 6 steals. Even though they lacked experience, GT Primary showed great heart and are well deserved of applause.
In Game Two, second placed Red Bay Primary took on the only undefeated team of the league – First Baptist Christian School. From the onset it was obvious what Shomari Scott – Red Bay’s Coach, had planned for the Star Players of First Baptist; Kira Scott, Antonio Angel and Jarrett Powell. The best defensive players were assigned to them and were instructed to not give them any breathing room! However, it was impossible to stop the talented trio, but they did manage to slow them down; First Baptist did show why they were number one and that they had many options. Jennifer Mosely and Jean Beaudet stepped up for first Baptist by grabbing 9 rebounds and scoring 7 points combined. But it proved that slowing down the trio would be enough to win. Red Bay launched a defensive attack on First Baptist and applied suffocating defense, not allowing FBCS players to get the ball into the hands of their best players. This led to Red Bay’s Offensive spurt! In came Brandon Thompson pouring in 6 points an grabbing 5 rebounds and Jorel Belafonte – one of only two players to record a triple double this season – scoring 5 points and earning 6 steals. But the game winner came from Red Bay’s Mr. Showtime himself – Dino Hydes – who dodged a defender and through up a heart stopping shot in the final seconds of the game to take the lead by one and win Red Bay’s Title! The final Score was 21-20 in favor of Red Bay.
The All Star under 12 game is coming up this weekend at Kings Sports Center at 9:30 a.m.