Youth hoops final set

Election time is a hectic part of the year.

Campaigning is non-stop, political messages are everywhere and everyone is busy studying political issues and politicians.

Sports were just as busy as the Pricewaterhouse Coopers U16 youth league playoffs began on the Saturday before the elections.

Due to the elections, reporting on the matches played on Saturday May 16 at the Cayman Islands Basketball Association Court was delayed.

On that day all four teams in the boys and girls divisions were in action trying to secure their place in the final.

The first game of the day saw an interesting girls match-up between division leading Monarchs and the fourth-seeded Comets.

The Comets gave the Monarchs fits early. The squad was down only two points by half-time and were behind by a basket heading into the fourth quarter.

However in the fourth quarter the Monarchs showed the grit and offensive sparks that saw them lead the division in scoring in the regular season (with 207 points). They doubled up on the Comets and cruised to a 34-25 win.

Christina McLean lead the way for the Monarchs with 14 points, six steals and five assists. Chloe Powery had 10 points and 10 rebounds.

The Comets were sparked by Rose-Marie Wilson with nine points and nine rebounds. Forward Shana Linwood gave good support with eight points and six rebounds.

The other semi-final would see a defensive struggle between the Lynx and the Sparks. The Sparks shocked many with solid defense early, holding the Lynx to just six points in the first half.

However Coach Letanya Thompson put a fire in her team at half-time and the result was the Lynx scored 11 unanswered points in the third quarter and added nine in the fourth.

The Lynx limited the Comets to a meagre four points in the second half and cruised to a 26-16 win.

Sashaneil McField lead the Lynx with 10 points and six steals. Amber Watson chipped in with eight points and seven rebounds.

The Sparks relied on La-Torae Nixon who had 10 points and six steals.

The boys meanwhile turned things up a notch offensively.

The first game saw regular season champions All Net against a dangerous Titans team. All Net were in rhythm on offense early and jumped out to a 24-16 lead by half-time.

Thanks in large part to their 37-32 edge on the boards the Titans came back in the third to cut the lead down to three.

However in the final quarter All Net kept stroking the ball (ending up with four treys in the game) to net 19 points and seal a tough 55-46 victory.

To no surprise Brandon Glasgow was the hero in the game leading All Net with 30 points, 11 rebounds, eight steals and five assists. However he had plenty of support.

Stephen Ebanks stepped up for the squad with 11 points (including three treys) while Brandon Thompson had 11 points and nine rebounds.

Jovanni Simpson lead the Titans with 12 points and 14 rebounds while Jordan Cacho had 10 points and five steals.

The night’s final match would see the second-seeded Jets up against Above The Rim. The game would prove to be epic as both squads fought hard the whole way.

Ultimately Above The Rim would overcome hot shooting (courtesy of four long bombs for the Jets) with strong passing (six assists to two) and fierce rebounding (48 boards to 21) to win a nail-biter of a game 35-33.

Alex Ebanks steadied the side for Above The Rim with 13 points and a remarkable 25 rebounds. Davanni James chipped in six points while Jamaal Miller stepped up with six points and five steals.

Tikko Moore lead the Jets with 16 points and 13 rebounds while Larue Nixon had seven points and Avondre Nixon added five points.

The results from those games would set up the finals in each division last Saturday. In the boys final All Net took on Above The Rim while the Monarchs faced the Lynx in the girls championship game.

Look for those results later this week in the Caymanian Compass.