To no surprise, the Wolves emerged the champions of youth basketball once again.
Wolves claimed their second consecutive Appleby Under-19 Basketball League title last Wednesday. The side beat the Grand Pavilion Shockwaves 67-53 at the Cayman Islands Basketball Association court off Eastern Avenue.
At the heart of the victory and the Wolves’ success all season is point guard Peter Grant, 16. The George Town native states the contest was tight and the goal now is to win again next year.
“Phillip Webb played well for Shockwaves,” Grant said. “They had pressure on us early but they got tired. We just got ourselves together and listened to our coach. We can do a three-peat next year. With this team we can do what we’re supposed to do.”
Grant, who completed his fourth U19 campaign, was the unofficial regular season Most Valuable Player as he led the league in scoring (averaging 31.5 points) and assists (4.9 dishes per game). He had help from David Powery (14.6 points and 14.7 rebounds per contest) and Ben Stoner (9.7ppg, 9.1rpg). Grant states they stepped up against the Shockwaves.
“David, Ben and Antonio Angel all stepped up. We couldn’t win without the team playing well.”
On the flip side, the defeat marks the second straight year the Shockwaves have lost in the U19 final. They have faced the Wolves the last three seasons, winning back in 2009. To his credit Webb played every bit like a MVP candidate who led the league in rebounding (26.0rpg) and was third in scoring (17.7ppg).
A number of role players deserve props for the Wolves. Jamal Miller, Oswald Prehay and Davanni James all held their own against the likes of Ezra McLaughlin, Arin Taylor and Rashaad Powery-Saunds of the Shockwaves. James, 17, might be the biggest unsung hero with his clutch defensive play down the stretch.
The George Town native, who also plays flag football, states it was great to win again.
“This is my second championship with the team,” James said. “It feels great. Honestly it’s like a real achievement. We worked all season for this. A three-peat is definitely what’s on our minds.
“In the final Phillip did play well. But he wasn’t ready for our defence in the last part of the game.”