NSBF finals on today

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MacKenzie’s Yannick Tappin sinking the first of two free-throws to send his team through to the finals (Daniel Haynes photo)

-Kwakwani, Marian Academy among finalists

The semi-final round of the Youth Basketball Guyana (YBG) National Schools’ Basketball Festival (NSBF) came to a close yesterday at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall with 8 games played on the night and three remaining up to press time.
In the first game of the night, Mackenzie High School took out Marian Academy 33-16 in an U-14 encounter. Mackenzie looked the superior side leading by 10 points at the half-way stage 16-6, before turning on the jets en-route to 33-16. Kobe Tappin led the way with 7 points. For Marian Academy, It was Jether Harris who topped scored with 6 points in a losing cause.
The second game of the night saw Kwakwani girls defeating Bishops’ High Girls 23-12. The game, which was even up until the halfway point, proved to be a good showing for the Kwakwani side who are expected to go home with the trophy. It was Kennesha Leacock who topped scored with 10 points and had 5 steals in the win. For Bishops,’ Kesann Charles turned in 6 points in the losing effort.
In the third semi-final of the day, Kwakwani Secondary continued its winning ways, this time in the U-14 category,knocking off Bishops’ High 45-12. Kadeem Dover topped all scores with 11 and was supported by David Conway’s 9 points. Darren Hinds had 8 points for the Bishops’ side.
Marian Academy girls also moved into the finals with a four- point win over President’s College 13-9,through a combination of Jada Moan and Georgiana Vyphuis,who scored 5 and 6 points respectively. Demelza Thomas led the losers.
The first U-16 semi-final proved to be the most exciting game up to that point,with Mackenzie High recording a 3-point win over Plaisance Academy 45-42. Up to this point, Plaisance were considered title contenders after knocking off the defending champions in their last game.
Both teams had high-powered offenses with Plaisance being led by Nigel Bowen and Andrew Johnson. For Mackenzie it was Yannick Tappin who led the way with 16 points, inclusive of two free-throws down the stretch to ice the game for Mackenzie. For Plaisance, it was Bowen and Johnson who had 16 and 15 respectively, in the losing effort .
The finals will be played today in the girls U-14, U-16 and U-19 categories. The tournament is sponsored by Digicel, Banks DIH Limited and The Beharry Group of Companies.