Youth press on

Basketball playoff fever is hitting everyone.

In Cayman men and youth alike are gearing up for postseason action in the NBA and in local hoops.

The boys and girls in the Cayman Islands Basketball Association Under-16 Leagues are no different.

This weekend sees the fifth week of play in the six week leagues at the CIBA Court off Eastern Avenue.

On Saturday the girls go into action first as the Monarchs take on the Lynx at 5pm before the Comets battle the Sparks at 7pm.

The boys follow suit with All Net facing Jets at 6pm before Titans take on Above The Rim at 8pm.

Coming into this weekend’s games the standings in both leagues were tight.

Monarchs are the top squad for the girls as Christina McLean and April Ebanks have lead the side to a 3-1 record.

The star trio of Felecia Connor, Shana Linwood and Rose-Marie Wilson have a balanced Comets team in second at 2-2.

The Lynx are in third as Tisha Murillo has given good support to Amber Watson and Lexie Solomon. The ladies have come together well on the defensive end as the team has given up the second fewest points with 82.

The high-scoring Sparks are in last, in spite of good play from Annique Holness and Latorae Nixon, in large part due to a porous defense that has allowed the most points in the league with 157.

For the boys Jonathan Powery has coached his Above The Rim squad well as the team are the current front-runners. Alex Ebanks and Oswald Prehay have emerged as a high-scoring tandem powering the team to 168 points (most in the league). Meanwhile Larue Nixon and Tikko Moore have the Jets in close second at 2-2.

All Net are a surprising third at this point with five points. With the way hoops phenom Brandon Glasgow has played it seemed the team would be the clear favourites. Nevertheless their defensive prowess, thanks to Stephen Ebanks and Brandon Thompson, is still unquestionable as the squad has allowed the second fewest points (133).

Titans, who are reeling from Jovanni Simpson not being 100 percent, are in the cellar at 1-3. Jordan Cacho has captained a solid defense that has allowed the fewest points (114). However the likes of David Powery and Christopher Reynoso have not shouldered the load offensively as the side has scored the fewest points (92).

This weekend expect the squads to be motivated by playoff seeding. Undoubtedly squads will be shooting for the top seed or a favourable match-up.

The last regular season games for both leagues are on Saturday May 9. From there all the teams head to single-elimination playoffs which start May 16 with the finals on May 23.

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