Linden Technical Institute (LTI) and Mackenzie High will battle in the finale of the Youth Basketball Guyana (YBG)/Linden Amateur Basketball Association (LABA) Secondary School Under-19 Championship, following semi-final wins on Wednesday.
Staged at the Mackenzie Sports Club Hard-Court, LTI brushed aside Wisburg, while Mackenzie High mauled New Silvercity to setup the second meeting of the teams in the event. In the previous showdown, LTI defeated Mackenzie High 67-51. LTI clinched their place in the final following a lopsided 82-51 victory over Wisburg. Unbeaten thus far in the competition, LTI secured the first half lead, following a 42-24 score line. The result was completed in a similar fashion, as LTI outscored their foes 40-27 in the second half.
Jamal Gilkes top scored with 22 points, while Ronaldo Patoir, Daniel Lee, Stephon Duncan and Shamar Chapman assisted with 18, 12, 11 and 10 points, respectively.
For Wisburg, Jonathan Copeland recorded a game high 25 points, while the trident of Clavell Thomas, Adwyn Benn and Keyon Davidson tallied eight points apiece.
In the other semi-final match, Mackenzie High humbled New Silverycity 107-31. The clash was sealed at the end of the first period, as Mackenzie High romped to a 51-12 advantage.
The score line was then completed as Mackenzie High recorded 56 points, while restricting New Silvercity to a meager 19 points.
Leon Benjamin led the rout with 28 points, while Yannick Tappin and Shamar Henry contributed 20 points each. Chipping in with 10 points was Kareem Roberts.
For the loser, Kobe Tappin battled to 13 points, while David Johnson amassed seven points.
On Tuesday morning at the same venue, LTI downed Wisburg 47-32. Ronaldo Patoir tallied 19 points, while Daniel Lee added 16 points.
For the loser, Jonathan Copeland scored 10 points. He was assisted by the duo of Keon Davidson and Clavell Thomas, who added nine and seven points apiece.
Meanwhile in the afternoon, Mackenzie High defeated Wisburg Secondary 22-15 in a rain affected matchup match.
The contest was awarded to Mackenzie High, following a torrential downpour which forced the match to be abandoned.
At the time of the stoppage, Yannick Tappin was the top scorer for Mackenzie High with nine points. For Wisburg, Copeland netted eight points