Bright Future storms U19 scene

The premier youth basketball
competition in the Cayman Islands is about to hit the courts after the holiday
break. Taking centre stage is one of this season’s best teams.

Future Sports Club is one of three
Appleby Under-19 Basketball League squads in action on Tuesday. Their encounter
with the Reapers at 7.30pm at the Arts and Recreation Centre at Camana Bay
marks their regular season finale. Regardless of the outcome Future will be a
force to reckon with in next week’s playoffs.

Coming into the New Year Future sit
second in the standings at 9-2. Defensive effort has been the calling card for
the West Bay side as they rank second in team defence and have allowed just 514
points this season (second-fewest in the competition).

Future’s star talent has been
evident. Experienced players Kadane Hall and Jarrett Terry headline the group
with the likes of Alex Ebanks and Joseph Ebanks helping to carry the offensive
load. Coaching all of them is local basketball legend Collin Anglin. In
particular Hall, 18, has emerged as an elite big man leading the league in
rebounding at 18.5 boards per game while netting 16.3 points on average (good
for seventh in the competition).

Hall’s brilliance is especially
encouraging. He lives in West Bay and has been playing solely with Future the
last couple of years. The son of Lorraine and Donald Hall states he is
committed to the club.

“I’m originally from Jamaica and
I’ve lived here about eight years,” Hall said. “I’ve been playing basketball
the last two years, the whole time with Future. I also used to play football
for Future as football is my first love. But because of injury I stopped
playing and focused on basketball.

“I was the rebounding champ last
season and played on Future’s division two men’s team, averaging a
double-double (in points and rebounds). Coach Collin has taught me everything I
know. I look up to him and he is a role model to me. With my rebounding we
should do a good job going forward. As a team we’re just trying to execute all
of the plays we’ve learned while learning from our mistakes.”

Prior to the Christmas break Hall
had a dominant showing against Wesleyan Christian Academy. In a make-up game
that took place outdoors at the Cayman Islands Basketball Association court in
George Town, Hall had 15 points and 18 rebounds. Steven Ebanks (16 points, 10 rebounds
and seven assists) and David Powery (17 points, 15 rebounds) were Wesleyan’s
top performers.

Though the Reapers are currently
third in the standings, Hall (whose brother is Donald Hall Jr) states he is not
bothered about facing Jamaal Miller and company on Tuesday.

“We’re using these last games as
stepping stone for the playoffs. We have all of our games on video as our coach
gets them filmed. So once it’s over we’ll watch the tape, learn from what we
see and correct our weak points.”

The team Hall is really looking
forward to facing is the defending champions; the Shockwaves of JML
International Ltd. Coming into the New Year the Shockwaves have already secured
a playoff spot. Depending on the results of this week’s final matches they
could finish third and square off with Future in the first round.

Interestingly the sides have a
budding rivalry. Before the Christmas break Shockwaves coach Jonathan Powery
stated he has a score to settle. In addition to losing to Future this season,
Powery saw one of his top players in Alex Ebanks defect to the team without
warning. Hall, who turns 19 this month, states Future has a point to prove.

“Rashaad (Powery-Saunds) and Keon
(Bodden) are two of our better players and they left the club (before the
season) and didn’t tell us. So to me it’s not that big of a deal with Alex
leaving Shockwaves. Certainly it should not have been put in the newspaper.

“Shockwaves are a good team but
we’re confident. We have Jarrett’s scoring and a couple of unheralded guys to
look out for on our team like Brad Galbraith and Reyson Paniagua. We can all
rise to the occasion. We don’t fear any team but we respect our opponents.”

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Hall has guided Future well this season.
Photo: Taneos Ramsay.