Two clubs are playing above the rest in youth basketball.
The Lynx and Wesleyan Christian Academy are the frontrunners in the 2012 PWC Under-16 Basketball League. Overseen by the Cayman Islands Basketball Association, matches take place twice a week at Camana Bay’s Arts and Recreation Centre and the association court off Eastern Avenue.
Lynx are 3-0 atop the girls division while Wesleyan are 2-1 in the boys group. Hannah Parchment and April Ebanks have been the stars for the Lynx. The signature game of the season thus far was a 59-52 victory over the Sparks in the season opener. Parchment and Ebanks combined for 53 points, 19 rebounds and seven steals while La-Torae Nixon had 34 points, 25 rebounds for the Sparks.
A pair of unsung talents have steadied Wesleyan in Naithique Jackson (second in scoring averaging 16.7 points per game) and Daniel Britton (10.7ppg).
It should be noted a pair of boys squads started out unbeaten (2-0) in the Esso Blazers and team Bodden Town. Dominic Martucci (13.0ppg, good enough for fifth in the league) and Kaseen Penn Junior (a league-best 16 rebounds per contest) pace Esso. Christopher Collins (9.3ppg, 14.7rpg) and Maynor Brooks (12.3ppg, 8.3rpg) lead Bodden Town.
Six teams are in the boys division as Cayman Brac (1-2), Shockwaves (1-2) and Wolves (0-3) join the others. Brac player Joshua Irby is the league’s leading scorer at 16.7ppg. Arin Taylor of the Shockwaves is the leading free-throw shooter at 63.6 per cent.
The girls have four sides with the 1-2 Comets, who feature top scorer Chloe Powery and 0-3 Monarchs, behind prodigy Rochel Gardener, joining the other two squads.
League matches continue on Monday, 7 May, at the association court. Wolves battle Esso at 6pm while Shockwaves face Wesleyan at 7.15pm.