Appleby’s star b-ball youngsters

Local youth basketball saw many star talents. Recently all were rewarded for their stellar play.

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Youth basketball saw no shortage of talent.
Photo: Matthew Yates

The 2009 Appleby U19 Basketball League ended last Monday with an impromptu awards ceremony after the finals.

The Arts and Recreation Center at Camana Bay would see some 10 people honoured for their performances this year.

In the girls league one big winner was Courtisha Ebanks of the 2009 champion Sparks.

She would nab two trophies for being the league’s assist champion (34 dishes) and regular season MVP. She ended the season first in blocks, second in steals and rebounds.

Ebanks was one of only two players to average a double-double during the regular season.

The other big winner for the girls was Ebanks’ team-mate Latorae Nixon. She was the scoring champion (153 points), best defensive player (38 steals, 10 blocks) and the finals MVP (with 15 points, 17 rebounds and three steals).

Christsania McLean won the rebounding title (with 111 boards for the Monarchs), 12 year-old team-mate Chloe Powery won most improved player (averaging 13 points and six rebounds) and Wendy Manzanares of the Lynx won coach of the year.

In the Boys section Brandon Glasgow dominated for the undefeated champion Shockwaves of Beach Suites.

Glasgow was named assists champ (35 dimes), scoring champ (266 points), regular season MVP (third in rebounding and first in steals) and finals MVP (posting 24 points, 10 rebounds and four steals against Wolves).

The other big winner was Jermaine Taylor of the John Gray Panthers who nabbed the rebounding (145 boards) and defensive player of the year (55 blocks, 25 steals) titles.

Kadane Hall of Future Sports Club was most improved player averaging 10 points, 13 rebounds and two steals (one of only three players to average a double-double) while Jonathan Powery of Shockwaves won coach of the year honours.

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