It feels like the Appleby U19 basketball league just began. However the competition is already past its mid-point and has given much to take stock of.
With week seven of the 10 week league coming up on Sunday it’s pertinent to look at the surprises seen at the Arts and Recreation Center in Camana Bay.
In the girls division the Lynx have powered their way to the top of the standings. Statistically they have been solid on both ends with over 170 points scored and under 170 points allowed.
On the court the months of playing together in various competitions has resulted in great chemistry. Role players like Tisha Murillo, Lexie Solomon and Annique Holness have all made great contributions.
It also has not hurt that Letanya Thompson is scorching the nets ranking second in scoring with 68 points on the season.
Coming in second are a surprising Sparks team. Offense has been their calling card, scoring the most points in the league with over 220 points.
However their fast-paced style has seen a lot of points given up in transition, over 190 to be exact.
Nevertheless La-Torae Nixon and Courtisha Ebanks are turning in MVP-calibre seasons. The girls are in the top three in scoring (Nixon leads with 88 points) and top five in rebounding, steals, assists (Ebanks is first with 58 boards, 23 swipes and 18 dishes) and blocks (Nixon leads the way with eight).
In third are the underachieving Comets. Their tactical style has allowed them to keep most games low-scoring affairs. The good part is they have allowed the fewest points in the division (145). The bad part is they have scored the fewest points (141).
The two bright spots of the team continue to be Rose-Marie Wilson and Felecia Connor who are in the top ten in scoring, rebounding, steals, blocks and assists.
Arguably the biggest surprise in the girls division is defending champions Monarchs who are in the cellar with four losses.
The biggest reason for their decline is their porous D that has allowed 207 points, most in the division. On the other hand Christina and Christsania McLean, along with Chole Powery, have been playing extremely well.
Over in the boys division all of the teams have showed their potential. However for the Shockwaves of Beach Suites the sky is the limit.
That is because the team is the crème of the league. The Shockwaves have been shockingly good as evidenced by their league-best 378 points scored and 199 points allowed (second-best in the division).
Steadying the squad has been the star duo of Brandon Glasgow and Patrick Barnes. Their familiarity with the competition (both have over two seasons in the league) and each other (from playing with Esso last season) has reaped dividends in their chemistry and enormous stats.
On their heels however are the Wolves. Under the guidance of the Wolves’ mens team coach Duran ‘Trini’ Whittaker the side has given up the fewest points in the division (196).
A plethora of star talent has steadied the Wolves with names like Tikko Moore, Raheim Robinson and Oswald Prehay.
Lurking in third place is team Playmakers. Baskets have come in bunches as they field the division’s second-best offense (scoring 288 points).
Bruce Thompson and Larue Nixon lead a side with plenty of size and offensive talents like Neith Rhinegold and Peter Grant.
Hanging on to fourth place is the John Gray Panthers. On the stats sheet there is nothing impressive about their 198 points score and 247 points allowed.
But on the court there has been plenty to be excited about from explosive talents Jermaine Taylor and Mario Gray.
Playing catch-up are defending champions the Esso Blazers. The team has just not clicked this season as they’re at the bottom of the division in points scored (176) and points allowed (307).
About the only two bright spots for Esso are high scorers Jamaal Miller and Jonathan Allen.
In the cellar are a disappointing Future Sports Club, who have five losses in spite of Jarrett Terry and Keon Bodden.