Underdog Tarheels need Barnes

Up to this point Patrick Barnes is best known as a star youth basketball player.

He can carve out a reputation in the top flight of local hoops with a strong showing this Thursday 26 May. Barnes leads the Tarheels into the Arts and Recreation Centre for game one of the semi-finals with the Dominos Warriors. The best-of-three series is part of the postseason for the 2011 national men’s basketball league put on by the Cayman Islands Basketball Association.

Barnes had a solid campaign during the regular season. He led his team in scoring (averaging 17.6 points per game), three-pointers (with 28 treys made) and assists (with 4.7 dishes per game). He posted 11 points and two steals in the club’s playoff-clinching victory over the defending champions Wolves.

Barnes, who turns 20 in July, is in his second year competing in the men’s competition. For the last six years he has gained acclaim through youth leagues such as the PricewaterhouseCoopers Under 16 and Appleby U19 tournaments.

As far as this year’s playoffs go, the George Town native has a hard test in the Warriors. Dominos sport the league’s best offence (scoring 1073 points) while having the second-ranked defence (allowing 871 points). Leading the way is Serbian star Borislav Djorjic, who finished the regular season second in scoring averaging 25.5 points per game and third in rebounding with 13.5 rebounds per contest. Not far off was team captain Collin Anglin, who was fourth in scoring averaging 
24.3 points.