Cayman’s premier youth basketball competition will crown a new champion.
The Dominos Under-19 Basketball League stages its finals this Saturday, Dec. 13, at Camana Bay from 6:15 p.m. Put on by the Cayman Islands Basketball Association, the competition will crown boys and girls champions. Most of the focus rests with the young men, as the finals pit the unbeaten Bodden Town Wolves against Cinderella team John Gray High School Knights. The winner will claim bragging rights from the Soldiers, last year’s champs. Justin Collins and Bodden Town went 8-0 during the regular season to claim the top seed while the Knights finished in second place with a 5-3 mark.
Albis Amaya, 16, has been a big part of Bodden Town’s success and wants the crowd support to achieve victory.
“Support the Wolves, wear green or red but no blue,” Amaya said. “Our message is we’re ready to growl.”
Amaya has been the frontrunner for league Most Valuable Player all season, leading the way in scoring (averaging 18.1 points per game) and rebounding (averaging 16.9 rebounds per game). The double-double machine flexed his muscles in his last regular season game against the 1-7 Game Takers, scoring 14 points and 18 rebounds en route to a 85-19 victory. As usual, he had plenty of help from Javon Seymour (18 points), Michael Brooks (12 points), Rhomar Williams (11 points and 20 rebounds) and Jamel Winton (10 points). David White had eight points in a losing effort.
The Knights symbolize John Gray’s most successful campaign in years, as the school has produced losing teams. In their last contest, the Knights crushed their schoolmates, the 1-7 John Gray Warriors, 76-17. James Ebanks led the winners with 19 points and Jahmar Dawkins added 18 points.