Wesleyan Christian Academy have a load of talent in local youth basketball. Now they will look for that athleticism to equate to long-term success.
Earlier this year Wesleyan started strong before fading late in the national Under-16 competition. This month they hope to write a different story in the Appleby Under-19 Basketball League. Their next match (weather-permitting) is this Tuesday, 4 October, at 7.30pm on the Cayman Islands Basketball Association court against John Gray High School.
Wesleyan did not have the greatest of starts to the U19 campaign. They lost the season opener 42-36 to the Esso Blazers. Leading the way was Esso point guard Brad Galbraith with 14 points, four rebounds and two steals. However the West Bay-based school had positive showings from their two stars in Travis Stroup (13 points, three steals) and Tim Corbett (eight points, 12 rebounds).
Coach Ron Profitt and his troops (consisting of essentially the same players that were in the U16 league) will be heavy favourites against a John Gray side that was hammered in their first game. In a 105-17 defeat, no player had more than five points and two had over 10 turnovers. The Wolves meanwhile flashed their depth as four players had double-digit outings and three young men had double doubles, with Peter Grant producing an extraordinary triple-double (51 points, 11 rebounds, 12 steals).
Aside from the Wesleyan-John Gray contest, Tuesday will also feature team Bodden Town going up against Esso at 6pm. Bodden Town are coming off a narrow 58-53 win over the Grand Pavilion Shockwaves. Sonny Powell had his first major outing with a game-high 18 points to lead the victors, with support coming mainly from Travis Barnes (seven points, 12 rebounds). Shockwaves meanwhile saw Phillip Webb net 11 points, 25 rebound and six blocks and Rhomar Williams produce 10 points and 10 rebounds.