Darryl Paddyfoot is a young man with a promising basketball future. Locals recently got a glimpse of that potential.
Paddyfoot, 21, had 32 points, 25 rebounds and three steals as his Butterfield Shockwaves beat the Titans 67-61. The division two match is part of the Cayman Islands Basketball Association national men’s league.
The born and bred George Town native had arguably the best game of his young career at the University College of the Cayman Islands multipurpose hall. Paddyfoot states the match was personal.
“There is a rivalry between us,” Paddyfoot said. “It is personal. I used to be on the (Personnel 2000) Warriors team with those guys. We got split up.
“We had to work for the victory. We are the underdogs now. We want to win the championship and it’s time to show what the Shockwaves are about.”
Paddyfoot, whose former Warriors team won the division two crown in 2010, had help from a pair of 16-year-old prodigies. Peter Grant had 13 points, 13 rebounds and two steals while Phillip Webb notched eight points, 18 rebounds and two blocks.
Titans kept last Tuesday’s game close, rallying back from an 11-point half-time deficit and winning the second half 33-30. Bruce Thompson guided his team with 24 points (including two treys), six steals and three rebounds. Kadane Hall produced a solid double-double with 10 points, 10 rebounds and four steals while Jermaine Taylor had six points, 14 rebounds and five blocks.
With the victory, Shockwaves are 2-1 and a game back of unbeaten Charterland. Titans are in the cellar at 0-3. Both sides play on Tuesday, 13 March at UCCI. Butterfield tackle the 1-2 Rock Hole Fire Ants at 6.15pm while Titans face 3-0 Charterland at 7.45pm.