Losing a championship is hard on the last attempt and Rashaad Powery-Saunds is understandably gutted now.
Powery-Saunds, 18, lost his second straight youth basketball championship game. He was part of the Grand Pavilion Shockwaves side that lost to the Wolves 67-53 last week in his final Appleby Under-19 Basketball league campaign.
The West Bay native, who captained the Shockwaves, states he coming to grips with the disappointment.
“It was a good game, it could have worked out better,” Powery-Saunds said. “There were plenty of turnovers and missed free-throws and we suffered from a lack of experience with the younger guys.
“This is my second year in the finals and I lost to the Wolves again. All I can say is so it go sometimes. Whoever wanted it more would get it and the Wolves wanted it more.”
Powery-Saunds had a excellent season, stats-wise. He ranked second in scoring (averaging 17.9 points per game) and rebounding (14.8 rebounds per contest) for a team that went 6-4.
In his absence, the team has a good nucleus with Most Valuable Player candidate Phillip Webb (the league’s top rebounder at 26.0rpg and third-best scorer at 17.7ppg) and a trio of exciting guards in Dominic Martucci, Arin Taylor and Ezra McLaughlin. Powery-Saunds states he is confident they will challenge for another title in 2012.
“They have to work harder because the Wolves got tremendous confidence. The Wolves are well supported which helps a lot with their team and boosts their confidence.
“They’ll be more calm and come back good. Next year they’ll get it. They know what the Wolves are like now. I think everyone was nervous but they should get back in the finals next year.
“Personally I’m focused on turning 19 in January and playing for the (Esso) Blazers in (the men’s) division one (basketball league). I’m going to start training from now.”