One of the great surprises in local basketball last year was the rise of Bodden Town. In its inaugural season in local hoops, the district produced a champion in the Under-16 competition.
Now the side will look to repeat their title run. Last Saturday saw the start of the 2011 PricewaterhouseCoopers Under-16 Basketball League. A trio of boys matches would launch the league at the Cayman Islands Basketball Association Court off Eastern Avenue.
Bodden Town won the boys segment of last year’s league thanks in large part to star Jamaal Miller. Among his crucial role players were Christopher James. Both are expected to hit the court for Bodden Town over the course of the two-month season. They will compete against six other teams in the Jets, the All Stars, Cayman Brac, Wesleyan Christian Academy, Five-Star Swag and the Knights. Their opponents are relative unknowns at this point though the Knights, led by star guard Larue Nixon, did face them in last year’s finals (which were played at Camana Bay’s Arts and Recreation Centre).
As in years past the PWC league will also see a U18 girls division. At press time the teams and league schedule were unavailable. But the understanding is that the Sparks will return to defend their championship. Last year, guided by 13 year-old prodigy La-Torae Nixon and 17 year-old star Courtisha Ebanks, the Sparks downed Chloe Powery and the Monarchs in the final. Ebanks is now 18 and may be too old for the competition. Assuming Nixon stays with the Sparks, she will look to a cast of supporting players like Lara Connolly for help.
Games for the boys division take place every Saturday at the association court. The next set of games are this Saturday 23 April from 4pm-9pm.
For more information log on to www.caymanbasketball.org