Sparks prove Cayman’s brightest with U16 dynasty

In local basketball this year talk of dynasties is widespread. A new team in that discussion is the Sparks.

Earlier this month the Sparks, captained by star youth player La-Torae Nixon, captured their third straight Under-16 championship. The Sparks would defeat the Monarchs in the title game of the 2011 PricewaterhouseCoopers U16 Basketball League girls division.

According to the Cayman Islands Basketball Association, the Sparks are the youngest dynasty in local basketball. They are also the second U16 team to win consecutive titles in 2011 with Bodden Town of the boys segment scoring their second straight triumph last month.

Nixon, 13, was true to form as she claimed the Finals Most Valuable Player award. She would produce a resounding double-double effort with 50 points, 31 rebounds, four assists, four steals and four blocks. To no surprise she would also nab regular season MVP honours.

It was mostly a one-woman effort for Nixon. The only other player on her team to exceed four points was Yolannie Manzanares, who notched five points. In fact the game essentially felt like a showdown with Nixon battling Chloe Powery (25 points, six assists and five rebounds) and April Ebanks (17 points, 14 rebounds, four assists) of the Monarchs.