Some of Cayman’s brightest hoops prodigies did well in Tampa.
A contingent of local Under-19 players walked away with individual honours and a championship trophy at developmental basketball camps held this month.
Tiko Moore and Rhomar Williams made the all-star team and won five-on-five tournaments in their respective age groups.
Joshua O’Garro won a free-throw competition for his division.
In addition an U20 team won the overall tournament for their age group. They beat a squad from Lakewood in the finals.
The victory marks just the third time Cayman has won the tournament.
Samuel O’Garro was named the MVP of the tournament.
Josh Cotterell, Deandre Simpson, Kenval Bryant and Shaad O’Garro also had solid performances.
The camps took place at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida over the course of 11 days. In total there were some 33 teams from the Tampa Bay area.
The Cayman U20 side and an U17 squad were at a team camp from June 29 to July 5. The rest of the players were at a beginner’s camp July 11-14.
Among the coaches that travelled with the kids was Victor ‘Voot’ O’Garro. He oversaw the players at the beginner’s camp and coached the U20 team.
O’Garro says the young men had a good experience at the camps.
‘Every year, for the past 13 years, we at CIBA have been taking teams to Tampa for developmental purposes. There they play against kids from the Tampa region.
‘This year the children have represented themselves well and have learned a lot. In fact they are already looking forward to next year.’
O’Garro also said that the other adults who were present made a significant contribution.
‘Daniel Augustine coached the U17 team and he did a great job getting them to the semi-finals. Raheem Robinson, Bruce Thompson and Hayman Rankin were the outstanding players.
‘Many thanks also to the parents who attended the camps as chaperones.’