Future Sports Club have suddenly become a force in the world of youth basketball. The squad now hopes to cement their status with a national championship run.
The West Bay team are slated to make their first move on Wednesday. The club are in action at 7.30pm in the Arts and Recreation Centre of Camana Bay. Their opponents will be budding rivals and reigning champions the Shockwaves of JML International Ltd (who played their season finale against 0-11 John Gray High on Sunday).
Future, who are the second seed at 10-2, have star power in big man Kadane Hall and Jarrett Terry. Shockwaves can counter with Jordan Cacho and Keon Bodden. Hall, 18, averaged a double-double on the season (19 rebounds, 16.8 points per game) and states his Future team is ready for the postseason.
“We’re very confident going into the playoffs,” Hall said. “Whatever the plan is from our coach (Collin Anglin) we just have to do it and be consistent with it. We just have to carry out the game plan. We’ve been improving as the season has gone on. If we all play well I see no reason why we shouldn’t win.”
The other match-up on the night features Raheim Robinson and the top-seeded Wolves at 6pm against the fourth seed Reapers from Bodden Town. That match should carry extra intrigue as the 11-1 Wolves suffered their only loss of the season to Jamaal Miller and company. Technical director of the Cayman Islands Basketball Association Victor “Voot” O’Garro has been observing the competition the last few months. In his eyes the playoffs are evenly matched.
“It is an interesting finals,” O’Garro said. “Wolves only lost one game but if they play the fool they can lose. They must bring their A game. Wolves have the tools but they can’t take it for granted. Clearly Reapers are a good team with Ricardo Ebanks making a difference, Alfredo Cardosa hustling and diving for loose balls and Miller being relentless on both sides of the ball.
“The level of (U19) basketball is already rising because we’re playing indoors. On Wednesday anyone can pull off the win and make a run. There is no guarantee who will win so it should be very interesting.”