As the CYBL 2014-15 season comes to an end, it is now time for the showdown (playoffs) to begin!
It has been quite the exciting journey as I, along with the coaches, players, parents, and fans, have been able to see teams and players evolution throughout the four-month period.
Through the commitment and effort put in by coaches and players twelfth men became starters, shooters and slashers became better well rounded, and team camaraderie grew exponentially.
Cohesion is a huge step moving forward for players and their teams and coaches philosophies, especially now at the beginning levels.
Game of the Weekend
Behind Addison Patterson’s 25 and Shemar Rathan-Mayes’ 21 CIA Bounce was able to endure a late second half push by a short handed Canada Elite squad defeating them 79-72.
The game was a tale of two halves with the initial half clearly belonging to CIA Bounce.
Bounce was able to score 37 points in the first including 12 points apiece from Rathan-Mayes and Patterson.
Damoni Browne also rounded out the Bounce attack with 8 first half points, eventually finishing the game with 15.
Canada Elite put forward a balanced scoring attack as four players registered double figures led by Dawson Gibs’ 17 points.
Also chipping in for Elite was Deymar Dyall-Richards with 14, Justice Pretince with 11 and Jordan Persad with 10.
Canada Elite has allowed teams to jump on in the first half, which has been a trend that has really hurt Jay McNeilly’s group.
In their last game of the session against YAAACE Canada Elite allowed 39 first half points, while scoring 29 of their own.
However, with another month before the showdown takes place in Toronto, there is only one question that is still yet to be answered, will Cashius McNeilly play?
McNeilly, one of Canada Elite’s best players, suffered a broken wrist in session one and has not suited up since then.
It will be interesting to see, with a full squad, how Canada Elite will fair in the showdown.
On the other side, CIA Bounce looked like they were on a mission from the start.
Under the leadership of coach Derrick Mackey, and a very talented starting five as well as a deep bench, Bounce has been able to overcome all, and are the odds on favourites to win the CYBL’s bantam division.
Top 3 Performances of the Weekend
- Addison Patterson had the highest input of any player during the CYBL’s fourth session as the CIA Bounce wing was able to score 37 points in the 96-31 win over the London Ramblers.
- Bayan’s Danzel Faraon is one of the toughest players to contain as the diminutive point guard was able to put up 26 points vs. the Ancaster Magic in the 76-57 victory.
- Scott Jenkins is looking like one of the best shooters at the CYBL as the UPLAY combo guard scored 21 points, including 5 threes, in a tight 70-63 win over YAAACE.