The Sparks have been shockingly good on the basketball court.
After a mediocre start to the season, the squad raced to an 8-4 record, the top playoff seed and a spot in the finals for the Dominos Pizza Under-19 Basketball League. The Sparks will be challenging the Monarchs for the girls division crown this Saturday, Dec. 14, at 5:30 p.m. at the Camana Bay Arts and Recreation Center.
The Sparks booked their finals berth on Tuesday at Camana Bay with a 50-44 win over the Lynx, the No. 2 seed who were also 8-4 on the year. April Ebanks led the victors with a performance for the ages with 41 points off three 3-pointers, 27 rebounds and 10 steals. Khailan O’Connor paced the losing side with 23 points.
Saturday’s opponent, the 4-8 Monarchs, is coming off a convincing 76-62 win over the 3-9 Comets. Guiesha Smith led the Monarchs attack with 29 points and 24 rebounds, Kayla Mitchell added 16 points, Rochel Gardener contributed 15 points and Kacie Ramos notched 10 points. Chloe Powery paced the Comets with 39 points and 14 rebounds while Khadijah Lewin registered 16 points.
The boys segment of the competition will also stage its finals at Camana Bay this Saturday, at 7:00 p.m. Heading into the playoffs, the 15-0 Wesleyan Soldiers were the heavy favourites to win after clinching the regular season crown.
Defending champions Wolves were second at 10-5, the 9-6 Wesleyan Griffins were third and the Esso Blazers had the fourth and final playoff spot at 7-8.
News of the U19 league finals comes as the Phil-Cay Basketball Tournament, also called the Cayman Islands Basketball Association Division Three League, wraps up. Those league finals will take place this Sunday, Dec. 15, from 6 p.m at the association court off Eastern Avenue.
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