Youth hoops shoots ahead this weekend.
Saturday sees the next batch of games in the PWC U16 Boys and Girls Leagues.
The Cayman Island’s Basketball Association Court comes alive from 5pm as the Lynx battle the Comets before the Sparks go against the Monarchs at 7pm.
The boys see Jets take on the Titans at 6pm before Above The Rim battles All Net at 8pm.
The Lynx come into the match without a win this season and having allowed more points (52) than they have scored (43). The Comets are on the other end of the spectrum as they are unbeaten and have allowed the fewest points in the league (49).
The Sparks have also failed to get a win though they have not lacked in offense. The Monarchs meanwhile are unbeaten thanks in large part to scoring the most points in the league (70).
More than anything the star players for each team will make the biggest difference in the games.
The Lynx will rely on three young ladies in Amber Watson, Lexie Solomon and Sashaneil McField.
Watson is no stranger to basketball having played in the girl’s U19 league. Meanwhile Solomon brings loads of athleticism from her background in both basketball and netball. McField is a focused, deft shooter who can be the next major talent.
The Comets will look to Felecia Connor and Shana Linwood to provide veteran leadership.
Connor and Linwood are familiar faces in local hoops having played in both the U19 and women’s leagues. Obviously their scoring will be huge but their ability to get budding talents like Rose-Marie Wilson involved will be crucial.
In the other match look for basketball veterans like Latorae Nixon, Annique Holness and Tracey Hydes to ignite the Sparks.
Nixon will need to lead the way scoring while Holness dominates on the boards and Hydes contributes her trademark hustle for the Sparks to fly.
The Monarchs meanwhile have Christina McLean as the focal point. McLean can do it all from score to rebound. If she continues to get help from players like April Ebanks then the Monarchs should be in good stead.
Over in the boys league the games will be rematches from week one. The Jets barely lost to the Titans the first time around in spite of solid outings from stars Larue Nixon and Tikko Moore.
Both will need to play well for the Jets to succeed though role players like Avondre Nixon and Gavin Lothan can help shoulder the load more on offense.
However the Titans need Jovanni Simpson back in the fold. Simpson was injured in the first contest and has lacked playing time since. If Simpson can contribute on the boards and help Jordan Cacho nab points then the side should be fine.
In the other match All Net have the confidence from beating Above The Rim by 14 points the first time around.
Brandon Glasgow had a starring role with 26 points and 18 rebounds. Look for Glasgow’s hustle and shooting touch to net him similar numbers.
Alex Ebanks and Oswald Prehay had solid outings of their own for Above The Rim. Their shot selection and leaping ability will be key though role players like Diego Smith need to step it up a notch.