The Wolves and Grand Pavilion Shockwaves will battle for youth basketball glory for the third straight year.
The clubs punched their ticket to the Appleby Under-19 Basketball League boys division final on Tuesday. At the Sir Vassell Johnson Hall at the University College of the Cayman Islands, the Wolves would beat the Esso Blazers 87-52 while the Shockwaves downed Bodden Town 45-43.
For Wolves forward David Powery, the victory is proof the team is running on all cylinders.
“Everything has worked out good so far,” Powery said. “The players got a lot better during the season, indicating our top players got others in the game. The focus is on our key players to win the championship and the whole league.”
Powery, 17, is certainly one of the stars on a loaded squad. The Prospect native, who was born in George Town, had a stellar outing with 24 points, 16 rebounds, eight assists, four steals and two blocks. Powery had loads of help from Most Valuable Player candidate Peter Grant (36 points, eight assists, six steals, six rebounds) and Rueben Barnes (nine points, three rebounds).
In the other contest, Dominic Martucci was both the hero and villain for the Shockwaves. The yellow gang were down most of the game, largely due to bad shooting and decision-making from the Miami native.
However the George Town resident would be part of a fourth quarter rally that culminated in Martucci hitting the decisive free-throw. Martucci, 15, states it was a challenge.
“I knew my team could win, I just wasn’t doing my part,” Martucci said. “My shot was off, I forced it and got mad. But in the fourth quarter I got it back.
“We knew this would be hard to win. We had our hands full but I lived up to the hype.”
Martucci’s numbers ended up alright with eight points, eight steals and four assists. MVP candidate and star big man Phillip Webb was clutch with 15 points, 25 rebounds and eight blocks and he nabbed the game-ending defensive rebound. Veteran Rashaad Powery-Saunds had a solid double-double outing with 10 points, 12 rebounds, four blocks and two steals.
Up next is the boys final, slated to take place next Saturday, 17 December. UCCI is expected to host the match at 6pm.
For the record, the girls playoffs were put off from this Wednesday until Saturday, 10 December. The Cayman Islands Basketball Association court will be the venue at 5pm.