April propels Lynx to chase U19 crown

Youth basketball is about to reach its climax.

The Cayman Islands Basketball Association Under-19 Basketball League will be staging the finals for its girls and boys division. The contests are slated for Thursday, 20 December, from 6pm at the association court.

The regular season champions in both segments are heavy favourites. The 6-3 Lynx emerged the girls winners, with head coach Denton Cole managing a talented side featuring top scorer and rebounder April Ebanks (16.0 points and 20.4 rebounds per game), physical presence Jade Wheeler (10.9rpg) and top passer Melissa Bridgemohan (2.0 assists per game).

For the boys, the Wolves completed their campaign unbeaten at 8-0. The reigning champions dominated almost every statistical category behind Most Valuable Player favourite Peter Grant, who led the league in scoring (24.1ppg), passing (5.9apg) and free throw shooting (66.7 per cent).

Both went through the league semifinals this week. On Tuesday, the Wolves battled 1-7 John Gray High School, who snuck into the postseason behind talent Javon Seymour. The other semi pitted 6-2 Bodden Town, starring Travis Barnes, against Tim Corbett’s 4-4 Wesleyan Christian Academy.

On the girls side, the Lynx had to deal with the 0-9 Sparks, led by Alessandra Hawkins’ 8.5ppg. The other semi featured the 5-4 Comets, behind top scorer Chloe Powery, against the 5-4 Monarchs and leading scorer Shana Linwood-McLaughlin.

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