As Cayman basketball leaps into 2013, it will be looking to build off the exploits of the Wolves and Comets.
The squads emerged the winners of the 2012 Cayman Islands Basketball Association Under-19 Basketball League. Both contests took place at the association court just before the Christmas break.
The defending champion Wolves were in an anticipated final against Wesleyan Christian Academy. The game began with both teams showing tremendous hustle. The Wolves jumped out to a 19-12 lead in the first quarter and had a 10-point lead going into the second half.
Wesleyan made the right adjustments for the second half but could not overcome the Wolves’ early cushion in the first half. The Wolves’ tenacious pressure defence earned them a nine-point lead in the fourth quarter to win 90-73.
Kudos goes to regular season Most Valuable Player Peter Grant, who emerged the Finals MVP with a season-high 39 points, 13 rebounds, five assists and six steals. Team-mate David Powery added 11 points and eight rebounds while Rueben Barnes posted 10 points and nine rebounds.
Wesleyan had stellar showings from Arin Taylor, who led the way with 21 points and four assists while team-mate Albis Amaya added 14 points and 10 rebounds. Daniel Britton also performed well with 10 points, 14 rebounds and four steals.
The Comets started off their final by trading baskets with the Lynx. April Ebanks, the Lynx leader, was unstoppable as was the Comets’ Chloe Powery. The Comets took a four-point lead in the first quarter, only to see that lead to diminish to just one point by half time.
In the second half, neither team backed down from the challenge. The Comets outscored the Lynx by just one basket and although the Lynx came back with a vengeance in the fourth quarter, Powery’s scoring kept the team ahead until the final whistle was blown. The Comets held on for a 52-48 victory to capture their first U19 championship.
Powery emerged the Finals MVP with a game-high 28 points, 17 rebounds and two assists. Khailan O’Connor finished with 10 points and eight rebounds while Ashley Ebanks added eight points and 12 rebounds.
For the Lynx, April Ebanks finished with 21 points, 28 rebounds, seven assists and four steals. Tenisa Richards added 10 points and five rebounds while Jade Wheeler pulled down 13 rebounds.
Next up for local basketball is the 14 and Under Inter-school League on 14 January and the women’s league on 24 January.