Stats tell who’s the best

The Cayman Islands Basketball Association wrapped up its Boys and Girls U-19 Leagues on Saturday with the highly anticipated All-Star games.

The All Star games featured the best of the best in both leagues and if that were not enough for players to earn bragging rights, CIBA officials also announced the stats leaders, which sealed the deal on who the top players were.

For instance, the Girls U-19 Final’s Most Value Player Christsania McLean from league champions Monarchs, was also the rebounding champion in the regular league with 142.

She was also second in the Most Points Scored with 115 and was third in the Regular Season’s Most Valuable Player category.

Christsania averaged 11 points and 14 rebounds per game. Christine McLean, (her younger sister) also from the Monarchs, led with most Assists, and was the Best Defensive Player with 73 steals and 6 blocks. She was the second runner-up in the Regular Season MVP. Christine’s standard per game was 10 points, 5 rebounds and 7 steals.

Catherine Ebanks of the Lynx was the scoring Champion with 157 points overall. She was the Regular Season’s MVP and averaged 17 points, 5 rebounds and 4 steals per game.

Ebanks also placed third in the Best Defensive Player with 37 steals and 2 blocks. The Most Improved player was Andrea Jackson of the Comets. Letanya Thompson placed second at the Finals MVP with 11 points and 9 rebounds.

In the Boys Finals, Stephen Shaw of Esso Blazers took the MVP title with 29 points, 24 rebounds and 4 steals. Shaw also placed second in Regular Season’s MVP with 19.5 points and 20.8 rebounds per game. He was the Rebounding Champion with 203 and placed third for Scoring Champion with 193 points.

Josh Cotterell of Wendy’s Tarheals, who amassed 317 points with an average of 32 points per game, emerged as Scoring Champion.

The Assist Champion was Wendy’s Tarheels’ David Taylor with 54. Deandre Simpson of Silver Bullets, the U-19 Boy’s League champions, captured the Best Defensive Player award with 69 steals and 51 blocks.

Simpson also placed second on the rebounding list with 183 rebounds. He placed third for assists, with 26. Simpson was the Regular Season’s MVP with 23.3 points, 19.3 rebounds, 6 steals and 5 blocks.

Brandon Glasgow of the Esso Blazers, earned the Most Improved Player title. He averaged 18.8 points per game, 10.8 rebounds, 3.6 steals, 2.3 assists and had the fourth highest free point throw percentage of the league.

National Technical Director, Victor ‘Voot’ O’Garro praised the players in both the girls and boys league.

‘It was a very interesting league. Several Under-16 players had an outstanding season and in this regard, Brandon Glasgow, Tikko Moore Cleveland Steward and Darrel Paddyfoot really stood out,’ Coach Voot said.

He thanked the statisticians for doing their part.

‘Statistics are a vital part of any sport and are an important part of our development. It has helped us to get more scholarship for our players and for coaches to select members of the national team.’

National Women’s League coach Redver Ebanks who organises the women’s league, said he was happy with the overall improvement of individual players. He said: ‘I saw a lot of improvement from players, who based on their ages, will be in the league for the next three to five years. I look to next year.’

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