Hawkins ignites Sparks

Youth basketball presses on in Cayman.

The PwC Under-16 Basketball League sees games this Saturday, 29 June, in the boys and girls divisions. At the University College of the Cayman Islands multipurpose hall, the Comets face the Monarchs at 5.30pm before the Sparks and Lynx do battle for the girls at 6.45pm. On the boys side, Bodden Town battles Kings at 7.15pm at Camana Bay’s Arts and Recreation Centre.

According to the last available statistics from the Cayman Islands Basketball Association, April Ebanks and Alessandra Hawkins have the Sparks atop the standings ahead of Khailan O’Connor’s Lynx, Chloe Powery’s Comets and Kayla Mitchell’s Monarchs.

On the boys side, Norman Solomon and Joshua Ebanks-Brown have the Wolves in first place ahead of Justin Collins’ team Bodden Town, Arin Taylor’s Wesleyan Christian Academy, Jahmoll Miller’s Esso Blazers and Ted Padua’s Kings.

News of the U16 leagues comes after Cayman’s two senior competitions wrapped up this month. Welly’s Cool Spot emerged the champions in the association’s national women’s league, sponsored by Popeyes. The Esso Blazers won their second straight championship in division one of the national men’s league.

Welly’s prevailed with a narrow 74-72 victory in Game Three of its best-of-three series against the Wolves. Rochel Gardener led the Cool Spot with 18 points and three assists, Hannah Parchment contributed 17 points and 12 rebounds and Guiesha Smith chipped in 15 points and 13 rebounds.

Carmen Picate steadied the Wolves with 28 points and three steals, Benieca Thompson added 20 points and 18 rebounds and Cassianne Lawrence posted 14 points and six rebounds.

Esso would sweep the Dominos Warriors in the finals for the second consecutive year. The Blazers started the series with a 102-96 victory in Game One as Jasen Campbell scored 37 points with four 3-pointers and six assists, Davion Cotterell registered 22 points with three treys and six rebounds and Shaad O’Garro netted 18 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists.

Dominos countered with 30 points, three treys and 15 rebounds from Borislav ‘Boka’ Djordjic, 17 points and four rebounds from Jerome Narcisse, 16 points and four steals from Lloyd Samuels and 14 points and four assists from Collin Anglin.

Division two of the national men’s league is in the midst of its finals. Regular season champs Game Takers, behind Darryl Paddyfoot, are battling team Philippines, led by Darwin Mancenido.

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