Tarheels keep Wolves at bay

Tarheels had an impressive showing against Wolves on the weekend.

Led by a strong double-double performance by Josh Cotterell, Tarheels would win by a wide margin with a score of 82-55.


Cotterell drove hard to the basket for Tarheels.
Photo: Matthew Yates

Both squads play in the Boys division of the U19 Youth Basketball League.

Cotterell was a force as he skied into the air to grab 16 rebounds while getting good looks at the hoop to rain down 27 points.

The strong forward was also a pest defensively making some five steals. His 11 defensive rebounds were a big reason why his squad would get plenty of chances on offense.

Cotterell had plenty of help in the form of guard David Taylor. Taylor had 18 points and flashed a good perimeter game. He also had four assists and made eight steals.

Big man Haymond Rankine chipped in a monster game as well with 14 points and 20 rebounds. Though he would make five turnovers the centre would make six steals.

Coach Andrew Wisdom would be a happy man on the night as he saw plenty of hustle, rebounding, defense and a notable showing from role players like Larue Nixon and Lex Scott.

For Wolves big man Daryl Paddyfoot had a strong game hauling in 15 rebounds to go with 16 points. Paddyfoot was a presence down low but didn’t do enough to change the game for his team.

Ruben Smith was the other stand-out performer for Wolves as he posted 12 points and eight rebounds.

The Wolves suffered from sub-par performances from Tiko Moore, Ben Stoner and Brandon Thompson. The trio combined for just 14 points.

The coaching staff, which includes Wolves A League player Jonathan Manderson, knows their play will be crucial for the team to be good this year.

The Tarheels were simply the more complete team on the night. They had a good offensive strategy and flashed an aggressive defense that nabbed 28 steals. Their play warrants their status as one of the top teams in the league.

The referees on the night were Dwight O’Garro, father Voot O’Garro and Ismael Perez.

The Girls Division saw two tight and low-scoring games. The first game saw Monarchs defeat Comets easily by a score of 56-25.

Both squads struggled to keep control of the ball (as witnessed by their combined 29 steals) and get points from the charity stripe (both shot under 40% from the free-throw line). The difference in the game was rebounding as the Monarchs had the edge 40 rebounds to 20.

For the Monarchs two double-double performances made the difference. Christsania McLean led the way with 16 points and 14 rebounds while April Ebanks had 14 points and 10 rebounds.

Comets struggled to get much going offensively. Felecia Connor was the closest to reaching double figures with nine points. Tracey Barnes had a good game clearing the boards with 12 rebounds.

In the second match up Lynx barely got past the Sparks 37-31.

Points were at a premium as both squads struggled to control the ball combining for 32 turnovers.

Yet Lynx and Coach Colin Anglin would get all of their scoring from Catherine Ebanks and Annique Holness. Ebanks led all scorers with 21 points plus had seven assists while Holness had 14 points and 15 rebounds.

Coach Colin Bodden and the Sparks would counter with their play-making guard Kimberly Pitta. Pitta scored 16 points and lead all players with 22 rebounds on the night.

The next set of games for the league will be this Saturday when Silver Bullets take on Blazers in the boys game at 4pm.

The girls games will see Sparks against Monarchs at 6pm and Comets against Lynx at 7:30pm.

See next week’s Compass for the results from all of the games.