YBG Conference Finals on this weekend
- nations leading school teams to battle
The Conference Finals of Youth Basketball Guyana (YBG) will bounce off this weekend at the Cliff Anderson
Sports Hall after some of the best basketball-playing schools in the country were successful in last weekend’s semi-final round of the competition.
East Coast’s top-ranked, Plaisance Academy, steamrolled the Guyana School of Agriculture 89-42, ending the conference unbeaten. Junior national guard, Nikkoloi Smith had a game high 34 points, 8 rebounds, 6 steals and 4 assists. Nicholas Cassius offered support with 29 points and six 6 rebounds.
For the Guyana School of Agriculture, Jamal Watson top scored with 26 points and seven boards with Quincy Easton putting up 14 points.
In the second semi-final of the East Coast Conference, President’s College unusually outplayed the University of Guyana to win 53-35 to set up a battle against Plaisance Academy for the East Coast title.
Durash Roopnarine led his team with 15 points, with support from Shaquille Adonis who had 14 points and 11 rebounds for President’s College. For the nation’s top academic institution, Shaka Codrington had a double-double with 12 points and 16 rebounds.
Georgetown top-ranked, Marian Academy reached their second consecutive City final after what can be considered a hard fought game against the much-improved, and spirited, Queens College team, following a 50-37 points’ win.
The Georgetown defending champions struggled to find rhythm, but managed to do just enough to avert
what would have been a monumental upset. Junior national guard, Dominic Vincent lead with 18 points, four rebounds and three steals.
For Queens College, Akil Lewis completed a good tournament, he had 14 rebounds as Jonathan Pooran and Kareem Critchlow each had 11 points.
Meanwhile, the Government Technical Institute found some much needed form, defeating Charlestown Secondary 52-35 to setup up a much anticipated rematch against Marian Academy in the Georgetown finals.
Versatile former national forward, Drexel Amsterdam led from the front with a double-double as he put up 13 points and 10 rebounds. Patrick Reid supported with 13 points.
For Charlestown, Murtland Ward had 13 points and Kaya Dover 12 points in a losing effort.