Bodden Town are the team to beat on Cayman’s youth basketball scene at the moment. However a West Bay side is keeping them on their toes.
Wesleyan Christian Academy and Bodden Town are the top two boys teams in the PricewaterhouseCoopers Under-16 Basketball League. Bodden Town lead the way with an unbeaten 4-0 mark while Wesleyan are 3-1.
Both squads have relied on a potent offence to rise the ranks. Bodden Town is second in scoring with 154 points on the season. The team may be without Jamaal Miller (who is too old to play) but the side has found plenty of scoring. Leading the way is big man Christopher Collins, son of coach James ‘Cadillac’ Collins, who has averaged 17.5 points and 15.5 rebounds per game. Collins has been supported by Dominique Martucee (averaging 6.5 points while leading the league in assists with 4.3 dishes per game) and David Scott (six points per contest).
Wesleyan meanwhile are guided by scoring duo Travis Stroup and Tim Corbett. Stroup is a serious prodigy ranking third in the league in scoring with 16 points per match while being fifth in rebounding with 13.5 boards per game. Add in solid ball-handling skills, above-average height and good decision-making and Stroup is arguably the heart and soul of the team. Corbett has not been far off averaging 11.3 points while connecting on a league-high five three-pointers (it must be noted the youngsters are playing outdoors and breeze plays a factor in making shots).
Of the two sides Wesleyan is in action this Saturday 21 May at the Cayman Islands Basketball Association Court off Eastern Avenue. Their opponents are Shockwaves, who sport the league’s leading scorer in Philip Webb. Two other squads of note playing this Saturday are Joeniel Bent and the Jets and Rivers Anthony and team Cayman Brac.