It takes a lot out of team to win a title in sports. For a team to win four straight is an epic feat.
Thus it is significant that the Department of Youth and Sports won its fourth consecutive corporate basketball league title.
Youth and Sports won the 2009 crown after beating Maples Finance 72-71 in a tense final at the Arts and Recreation Center at Camana Bay.
Maples were down by 10 points at half-time thanks to hot shooting from the likes of Collin Anglin (Deputy Director of Sports) and Kenval Bryan.
However Andrew Wisdom would put the Maples team on his shoulders and push Youth and Sports to the brink of defeat. Thanks to Wisdom’s scoring Maples outdid Youth and Sports in the second half 41-32.
In the end it would take furious end-to-end action in the final minutes to decide the winner.
Maples took a one point lead with 30 seconds to go. Youth and Sports came back with a quick score to tie the game. Redver Ebanks and company were then able to able to apply some suffocating defense and forced a crucial turnover that gave them the ball back with only seven seconds remaining.
The team tried getting the ball to top scorer Anglin around the perimeter. After that was unsuccessful, Daniel Augustine drove to the basket and found Bryan at the baseline who was fouled.
From there Bryant would make the game’s biggest appearance at the charity stripe. In spite of the pressure he was able to calmly put away one of his free throws to seal the victory.
Topping the stats sheet for Youth and Sports would be Collin Anglin with 25 points while Kenval Bryan had a superb 21 points.
Leading the way for Maples Finance would be the duo of Ovaine Monteith and his team-high 16 points while team-mate Andrew Wisdom (who also stars in mixed netball) added a solid 15 points.
This year marks Youth and Sports fifth title in team history. In addition to their string of victories from 2006 the squad also won in 2004.
In 2005 Youth and Sports finished second to the Cayman Islands Monetary Authority. Leading the way for the authority that year were talented local athletes Antonio Thompson, Leslie Harvey and William Peguero Jr.