Tazmar Dawkins and Jasmine Martin earned Cayman Islands Basketball Association (CIBA) Under-19 Finals Most Valuable Player honours Tuesday (18 December) as the Sol Blazers took the Boys title, while Spirit won the Girls championship.
Boys Under-19 Finals: Sol Blazers 63 Thrashers 47
After suffering just one loss in the regular season, the Sol Blazers rode a 61-48 semifinal win over the Knights into the finals versus the Thrashers, who defeated the Hawks 77-56 in the second Boys Semifinals.
In the U19 finale, Dawkins dropped 34 points and 22 rebounds while adding 9 steals and four blocks en route to a 63-47 win. The 17-year old former Athlete of the Week won both Regular Season and Finals MVP honours, as well as Defensive Player of the Year, and the League Scoring title. Dawkins said the team need adapted well to the loss of Alwin Buttrum, who was sidelined with an injury.
“It was a very tough game,” said Dawkins. “We knew that being down one man, especially one of our strongest players, that we had to put the pressure on from the start. We were able to keep them from scoring, that started the fire, pressuring them, making them turn over the ball and pressuring them.”
Girls Under-19 Finals: Spirit 70 Courage 45
Jasmine Martin delivered a monster performance scoring a quadruple-double with 23 points, 17 steals, 14 assists and 11 rebounds to go with 5 blocks as Spirit defeated Courage 70-45. Martin would win Finals MVP honours as well as both the Assist title and Most Improved.
“It feels good in my second year playing in the Under-19 League,” said Martin. “I come out here to show people it’s not what you make it, show your talent and never give up on your dream.”We played them already, so I knew how they played, we used their own strategy to win, we are all one team so we know how each other play.”
Boys Under-19 League Honours
Regular Season MVP