Youth and Sports ready to repeat

The Department of Youth and Sports are a great basketball team.

The side has great chemistry from playing together for many seasons and show sound fundamentals on both sides of the court.

In addition the club boasts a bevy of local hoops talent in the likes of Kenval Bryant, Redver Ebanks and Merta Day.

Moreover it has arguably Cayman’s best basketball player in Collin Anglin and its most technical mind in Victor ‘Voot’ O’Garro.

All of those aspects come together to make a team on the verge of a repeat championship in the 2009 Cayman Islands Basketball Association Corporate Basketball League.

In fact the Youth and Sports club are in the league final tonight at 6:15pm at the Arts and Recreation Center at Camana Bay.

This season the club has looked every bit like a defending champion with its stellar play.

After suffering a defeat at the hands of KPMG to start the campaign, Youth and Sports have gone on a remarkable five-game win streak that propelled them to finish second in the regular season standings.

Arguably the most impressive of those wins was an 86-43 thumping of Maples Finance weeks ago.

Maples are sure to bear that defeat in mind tonight as the team looks to win the 2009 league outright.

The squad won the regular season crown in the league after winning all their games outside of the Youth and Sports debacle.

For the most part Maples were a consistent team that scored 55 points each game on average while keeping opponents just out of reach allowing 52.8 points per game.

A big reason behind that consistency was star player Ovaine Monteith, who guided his club using his many years of basketball knowledge and experience.

Both clubs are coming off resounding victories in their opening playoff games last Monday. Maples handled KPMG 55-39 as its defense held the likes of Chad Leslie to 16 points in the second half.

Meanwhile Youth and Sports destroyed Walkers 80-47 as Lavern Ebanks, Daniel Augustine and Deon Ebanks rattled the Walkers offense and kept it under 30 points in a half.

In this reporter’s eyes tonight’s match-up will centre on defense. The winner should be the club that uses zone or man-to-man schemes to hold opposing stars in check.