Shockwaves burn Esso

Indoor basketball has a big psychological effect on players.

Weather has no impact on matches, shots fly straight and teams are more inclined to take chances.

Those aspects came to the fore on Sunday in the fourth week of the Appleby U19 Basketball League.

Almost every squad in action at the Arts and Recreation Center at Camana Bay showed extra hustle and made the kind of plays not often seen outdoors.

The squad that stood out the most in that regard however was the Shockwaves of Beach Suites.

From passing to rebounding to diving for loose balls there was no phase of the game that the young Shockwaves did not give maximum effort.

The result would be the kind of performance legends are made of. The side would ravage the Esso Blazers and post arguably the most-lopsided victory in the history of youth hoops.

Armed with a relentless offense and swarming defense Coach Jonathan Powery would see his Shockwaves win 108-43.

Leading the way for the undefeated Shockwaves was the star duo of Brandon Glasgow and Patrick Barnes.

Both were team-mates on last year’s Esso team that won the U19 championship. However the young men showed no mercy against their former team.

Glasgow slammed in a game-high 38 points to go with 11 rebounds, nine steals and seven assists.

Barnes meanwhile had 30 points, eight rebounds and six steals.

The young men had plenty of help from Diego Smith and Alex Ebanks.

Smith had a season-best 20 points and eight rebounds while Ebanks chipped in 13 points and eight steals.

The only bright spot for Esso would be Jamaal Miller who nabbed 14 points, six rebounds and four steals.

With the win the Shockwaves sit atop the league tables at 4-0 and are the only unbeaten team.

In other boys division action the Wolves edged past the Playmakers 48-47 to draw even in the standings at 3-1.

A tense game between the two sides came down to turnovers as the Wolves forced 24 mistakes while committing just five.

Tikko Moore played a starring role for the Wolves with a game-high 18 points and eight rebounds.

Raheim Robinson was the other big contributor with nine points and nine steals.

Larue Nixon led the Playmakers with 15 points while Bruce Thompson had a solid double-double outing with 13 points and 15 rebounds.

From there the John Gray Panthers stayed ahead of Future Sports Club in the standings with a 34-31 win.

Mario Gray guided the Panthers with 12 points while Keon Bodden was top scorer for Future with 11 points and four rebounds.

Over in the girls division the Lynx pushed to the top of the standings with a 47-34 win over the Monarchs.

Letanya Thompson led all scorers with 25 points and 10 rebounds for the 3-1 Lynx while Christsania McLean (who also had 11 rebounds) and Chloe Powery both had 11 points for the 1-3 Monarchs.

From there the Sparks took down the Comets 33-31. Latorae Nixon had 14 points and Courtisha Ebanks had 10 points and 15 rebounds for the Sparks while Rose-Marie Wilson had 12 points and Felecia Connor had 10 points for the Comets.

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