Youth basketball is back and a
familiar name is off to winning ways.
The Appleby Under-19 Basketball
League saw its first matches this week at the Sir Vassell Johnson hall of the
University College of the Cayman Islands. Monday saw a pair of Boys division
matches and last year’s finalist Wolves got a tough win.
Playing in the opening match at
6pm, the Wolves took on Future Sports Club in a thriller that went down to the
final two minutes. The Wolves managed to pull away 59-49 after forcing some
Raheim Robinson was the top scorer
for the Wolves with 17 points (including two three-pointers), four rebounds and
four steals. Robinson had help from new recruit Neith Rhinegold who posted 16
points, 15 rebounds and two steals. Oswald Prehay and Peter Grant combined for
17 points, eight rebounds and five steals.
Future dominated the boards,
including grabbing 34 offensive rebounds, but were not able to take advantage
of their opportunities. Jarrett Terry kept the side in the game with 16 points
(two three-pointers), nine rebounds and five steals. Team-mate Darron Conolly
feasted on the boards with 12 rebounds to go with 10 points and a block. The
other notable forces in the game were Reyson Paniagua and Kadane Hall who
combined for an amazing 35 rebounds, 15 points and three steals.
In game two, rookie club Wesleyan
Christian Academy got its first win. The West Bay school would defeat the Esso
Blazers 48-35. Wesleyan turned up the pace and began to open up a comfortable
lead with their fast-break game. The Blazers were very aggressive on the boards
but the penetration of Wesleyan created many scoring opportunities, much to the
delight of the Wesleyan supporters.
John Bodden was top scorer for
Wesleyan with 14 points, three steals and two rebounds. Team-mate Steven Ebanks
had a fantastic debut with 12 points, 13 rebounds and four blocks. David Powery
and Travis Stroup proved a lethal duo combining for 22 points, 19 rebounds and
Gavin Lothan was the biggest bright
spot for Esso with 14 points, 21 rebounds and three steals. Gabriel Hydes had
eight points, five rebounds and two steals. Oscar Rivers cleaned the glass well
to nab 10 rebounds, six steals
and five points.