Middlesex Youth Basketball League news
All three Middlesex Youth Basketball League (MYBL) tournament championship games last Saturday were thrillers that were not decided until the final seconds.
The games were played in the John S. Clements Memorial Gym at Middlesex High School in Saluda.
In the Senior Boys Division title game, Jamari Gonzalez made two free throws with only 2 seconds to play to lift EASI Printing to a 33-31 win over regular season champion Doc Jones Used Auto Parts.
The game was never separated by more than two points the entire second half.
Gonzalez played an outstanding floor game and finished with 9 points for EASI, Jaden Reed had 11 points and was a force on the backboards, Adam Smith controlled the offense with his ball handling and scored 6, and Antonio Henderson added 7.
Elijah Darnell played a great all-around game for Doc Jones Used Auto Parts and finished with a team-high 11 points. Gregory Kemp was strong in the paint and tallied 10 points. Alex Bullock and Brandon Ward added 4 points apiece, and Antonio Bagby had 2.
In the Junior Boys Division title game, regular season champion Pitts Lumber used a balanced scoring attack to nip Thrift Oil 22-20.
Michael Hammond paced Pitts Lumber with 7 points, Cameron Hammond had 4, Jakim Lomax scored 3, and Kenyon Parker, Cassidy Ward, Kamari Smith and Demetri Pullman added 2 apiece.
Talon Cheatham led Thrift Oil with 7 points, Nicholas Daddario and Jacob Mark scored 4 apiece, Jaden Kidd had 3, and Montrell Oakley added 2.
In the Girls Division title game, regular season champion The Allen Group held off a late charge by Hurd’s Hardware and won 14-12.
Aniyah Thompson and Kayla Mullins each scored 4 points to pace The Allen Group, and Airiana Beverley, Kysearia Ackes and Katelyn Darnell contributed 2 apiece.
Chelsea Holmes played an outstanding floor game and scored a game-high 8 points for Hurd’s Hardware. Skylar Thompson added 2 points, and Lane Anderson and Lyndsey Holmes tallied 1 apiece.