Young hoopsters shoot for glory

Cayman’s little Kobes and LeBrons
are set to hit the court this weekend.

The Cayman Islands Basketball
Association is delighted to announce the Cayman National Corporation Under 12
Girls and Boys Inter-Primary Basketball League Finals and All-Star Wrap Up at
the Cayman Islands Community College Auditorium on Saturday.

The morning tips off at 9am with
the Girls final which features Truth For Youth taking on John A. Cumber. After
achieving a league-leading record for wins verses losses, Truth for Youth
advanced to the finals with a victory over George Town Primary in semi-final
action. They will face John A. Cumber, which topped the combined team from
Bodden Town and East End to advance to the final game. League scoring leaders
Geovanna Dominguez (Truth For Youth) and Kayla Mitchell (John A. Cumber) are expected
to once again lead their teams in what is anticipated to be a closely and
fiercely contested final match. For the Boys after a convincing win over John
A. Cumber in league semi-final action, Truth For Youth has also advanced to the
finals. Their opponent will be a St. Ignatius squad that boasts the best winning
record in league play and who advanced following a victory over Savannah
Primary. As both teams were first in their respective divisions and both
feature league-leading scorers Albis Amaya (Truth For Youth) and Gabriel
Cardona (St. Ignatius), this game promises to be an exciting conclusion to the
league.

In addition to the two Girls and
two Boys teams competing in the finals, the playoffs also featured two
Consolation Cup finals winners. The Girls Cup finals winner was the combined
team from Prospect Primary, Savannah Primary and Cayman Prep, while the Boys
Cup finals winner was Prospect Primary.

Following the Finals, the morning
will continue with All-Star games for both the Girls and Boys sides. Teams will
consist of four elite players selected from each of the Girls teams and two
elite players from each of the Boys teams. The All-Star games present the
opportunity for the athletes to compete with the best players from each of the
other teams in a fun game that showcases their talents. The morning will wrap
up at noon with a trophy presentation for the first and second place teams as
well as the Consolation Cup winners and an awards ceremony for finals most
valuable players, most improved and best sportsman awards for each team as well
as other awards of note. Spectators are welcome to the competition at the UCCI
Auditorium on this Saturday morning. The league was organized by a new CIBA
Youth Basketball Committee whose charter is to develop basketball for the youth
in the Cayman Islands.

Local basketball’s Technical
Director Coach Voot O’Garro talked about the importance of the league.

“All-Star Saturday promises to be
an exciting event for Youth Basketball in the Cayman Islands. I once again
would like to thank Cayman National sponsorship of the Youth Basketball League.
Without their support this event would not be possible. We look forward to a
thrilling conclusion to the season and a memorable day for our young
hoopsters.”  

For information on the league and
team statistics visit www.caymanbasketball.org