Robert Bailey, Gleaner Writer
Defending champions Hydel will be aiming to close out their best-of-three KFC/Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA) Under-19 basketball finals when they face Kingston College (KC) in game two at the National Stadium today, starting at 6 p.m.
The Kurt Stewart-coached Hydel, who are seeking their second consecutive hold on the title, lead the series 1-0 following their close 61-57 victory in game one on Friday.
The Ferry-based Hydel's charge will be led by Deano Hibbert, who netted 23 points in game one, along with Orlando Mendez, Brian Richards and Shandel James.
"I think we do it," Stewart said of closing out the series. "We just have to bring our best game and then everything will take care of itself."
He added: "It is a do-or-die game for the KC ... however, we are prepared for whatever they throw at us."
The Dennis Johnson-coached KC will rest their hopes in the hands of Jamie-Hugh Brown and Malik Pusey.
"I am pretty confident that my team can bounce back," said Johnson. "We just have to stop their physical offence and ensure that we start each quarter very strongly."
The match will be preceded by game two of the Under-16 finals in which defending champions Ardenne will also be looking to close out their series against KC, starting at 4 p.m. The Basil Barrett-coached Ardenne defeated KC 44-38 in game one on Friday.
Malik McCarthy, who scored 19 points in game one, along with Matthew Lee, will lead Ardenne's charge.