JP: Shockwaves will rattle other sides

The second division for Cayman
basketball is loaded with young teams. Arguably the one to watch may be the
Shockwaves.

Heading into this week the
Shockwaves are 3-1 and in second place within division two of the 2011 national
men’s league. Put on by the Cayman Islands Basketball Association, the 10-week
competition is already into its fourth round of games.

So far the Shockwaves have defeated
the Ritz-Carlton Lions, Rock Hole Fire Ants and Future Sports Club. Their only
loss was to the Personnel Warriors (essentially the same Derek Bogle Insurance
Warriors side that won the division championship last season).

A 23-point blowout victory over
Future last Wednesday at the University College of the Cayman Islands
multipurpose hall was the most recent result. Stand-out play came from the
likes of Shockwaves team captain Olujimi Lapierre, stalwart Diego Smith and
newcomers David Powery and Michael Blackburn (who faced his former team).
Shockwaves head coach Jonathan Powery, 21, states defence was the difference.

“Our pressure on the ball was what
worked for us,” Powery said. “We have the legs and we’re fit so we tend to use
a man-to-man defence that’s aggressive and leads to fast-paced basketball. The
only concern is we have to make our passes better as we turned the ball over
too much in the third quarter.”

Up next is a showdown with an
unbeaten Charterland side at the college campus on Wednesday 4 May at 6pm.
Thanks to veteran player Gavin McMasters and new recruit Ovaine Monteith,
Charterland (formerly the Digicel Demons) are now 4-0 atop the standings.

Jonathan Powery, who hails from
West Bay, states he is confident in his side’s chances against the current
frontrunners.

“We are preparing hard for that
because it will be our toughest match of the season. However I’m confident we
can take them out. The team is confident we can beat any team. My assistant
coach Lionel Menzies (who was a big factor last year playing for our team) and
I have a unified side.

“Our most impressive win of the
season so far was against the Rock Hole Fire Ants in late April. Right now the
team is doing what needs to be done. It has been a tough road because a lot of
our guys are coming from different (Under-19) teams. Getting everyone to gel
was our biggest issue early on. But I can only see improvement in our game from
here on out.”

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