Tense tussle for U19 playoffs

Making the post-season is a big deal in sports. For most teams it’s a sign of accomplishment and status that they are a good side.

In local U19 basketball the top clubs have hardly been in doubt but focus is squarely on the fourth and final playoff seed.

Sunday sees the final game of the boys division of the 2009 Appleby U19 Basketball league.

The Arts and Recreation Center at Camana Bay sees three games on tap 5-8pm. All have huge playoff implications, especially for Future Sports Club and the John Gray Panthers.

Future plays the Wolves at 7pm with a chance to make the playoffs. Coming into the weekend Future sits in fourth place at 2-7.

In spite of its defensive struggles (allowing 467 points, second-most in the division) Future have been decent on the offensive end.

Much of their scoring comes courtesy of a troupe of up-and-coming hoopsters. Leading the fray is veteran Jarrett Terry who has been involved in youth basketball for more than three seasons.

On the court his poise has translated into brilliance with the ball in his hands as he is fifth in scoring (averaging about 14.25 points a game) and fourth in three-pointers made with 12.

Backing up Terry has been the likes of Kadane Hall and Keon Bodden. Hall is the force in the middle for Future, clogging driving lanes and cleaning the glass on missed shots. His ability to knock down perimeter looks is a big reason why he is tenth in scoring with 74 points.

Bodden meanwhile has emerged as the second big scoring threat behind Terry. His deep range and quick release are big reasons why he averages 10.5 points per game and leads the league in three-pointers made with 21.

All had huge games last week against John Gray as Terry had 25 points (including two treys), Hall had a double-double outing with 15 points and 13 rebounds and Bodden had eight points including two treys in a resounding 64-43 win for Future.

It must be noted that in that game the Panthers saw some great outings from Jermaine Taylor (16 points, 10 rebounds), Kerry Hunte (eight points) and Mario Gray (nine points, six steals).

All are critical to John Gray’s success this season and will need to be on point Sunday against the rebuilding 1-8 Esso Blazers at 5pm. To make the playoffs the Panthers will need help in the form of a Wolves victory.

The other Sunday match sees the Shockwaves of Beach Suites look to finish unbeaten against the Playmakers at 6pm.