Lynx struggle to keep top spot

The Lynx are not assured bragging rights in youth basketball.

After sitting in first place most of the season, the side is now in a tight race in the girls division of the Cayman Islands Basketball Association Under-19 Basketball League.

At 3-2, the Lynx are level with the Comets atop the standings. Both squared off last Saturday at the association court, with the Comets winning comfortably. On their heels are the 2-2 Monarchs and the 0-4 Sparks, who abandoned their game last week.

All are slated to be in action this Saturday, 15 December. The Sparks challenge the Lynx at 5.45pm with the Comets and Monarchs battling at 7pm. Head coach Denton Cole’s Lynx have excelled behind top scorer and rebounder April Ebanks (15.8 points and 20.5 rebounds per game), physical presence Jade Wheeler (11.3rpg) and top passer Melissa Bridgemohan (2.0 assists per game).

For the Sparks, Ashleigh Reid has 6.0ppg and 12.3rpg with Alessandra Hawkins as the top scorer (8.5ppg).

Under head coach and U19 star Peter Grant, the Comets have been guided by Most Valuable Player favourite Chloe Powery, the league’s top scorer (32.0ppg) and best passer (3.3apg) who also has a competition-best 21 steals. The Monarchs have featured two starlets in Rochel Gardener (22.8ppg, 3.3apg) and Guiesha Smith (12.3ppg, 16.0rpg).

After Saturday’s double-header, the playoffs take place next week with the semi-finals on Tuesday, 18 December, from 5.45pm and the finals on Saturday, 22 December, at 5.45pm.

The U19 boys division is also heading into its postseason. The last available standings show Peter Grant and the defending champions Wolves still unbeaten at 6-0, followed closely by Shaquille Heath’s 6-1 Bodden Town, Daniel Britton’s 3-3 Wesleyan Christian Academy and Justin Nalty’s 1-6 Esso Blazers. Ezra McLaughlin’s John Gray High School, at 0-6, are out of the playoffs.

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