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Playmakers Clinch Appleby Under 19 Championship - Jun 25, 2008


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This game could have easily been billed as 'the battle of the brothers' as Josh Cotterell plays for Playmakers and the younger Cotterell, Davie, is signed with Arial Assault. Fans may have thought that it was Arial Assault's time to earn the U-19 Championship, as this was their second time to nibble at the title. However, Arial Assault had to settle for runners-up.
While Playmakers took an early lead in the opening minutes, Arial Assault dominated play for most of the championship match. In fact, Davie snatched the lead in the first quarter. But the quarter ended in a 22-22 tie, and well into the second quarter the teams traded point for point. Fans were sitting on the edge of their seats waiting for either team to assert its dominance. And then it happened when MVP Deandre Simpson's three-pointer rallied Arial Assault to take over the lead. Davie followed up with a field goal from the left, and Simpson landed another three-pointer from downtown just before the buzzer sounded.
Arial Assault took the third quarter and begun to tighten their defence play. In fact, plays from Maxwell Hyman gave his team extra breathing room, bringing the score to 53-47.
Playmakers must have felt the championship title slipping because as they entered the fourth quarter they turned the game around when Josh landed a left-handed jump shot that evened the score at 59-59 with 6.10 remaining on the clock. Andre McFarlin's steal and quick score broke the tie 61-59, and that's when the tide turned for Playmakers. Simpson gave his team a brief glimmer of hope when he evened the score at 65-65, but it was short-lived as Playmakers' David Taylor's lay-up gave Playmakers the lead again. And then Josh's three-pointer sealed Arial Assault's fate.
The league's leading scorer, Josh Cotterell, netted 37 points and eight rebounds. David Taylor added 12 points and four assists. Haymond Rankine and Courtney Wisdom were the defensive pillars for Playmakers, and they both came up with some crucial steals in the dying minutes of the game.
For Arial Assault, Deandre Simpson led with 22 points, 16 rebounds and six blocks. Davie Cotterell added 16 points and four assists.
Playmakers coach Courtney Wisdom said his team won because they executed the strategies that he and assistant coach Andrew Wisdom laid out.  



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