Shockwaves look to build talent

The Cayman Islands Under 16 basketball season has hit its mid-way point and teams are starting to focus on their playoff run.  

Bodden Town, behind veteran big man Christopher Collins, seem to be in control of their own destiny as they sit atop the table, sporting a perfect 5-0 record. Close behind, however, are a formidable foe in Wesleyan (4-1) whose lone loss has come off their undefeated counterpart. Wesleyan also sport top scorer Naithique Jackson, who averages 16.8 points per contest.  

Four teams get into the playoffs out of the six that are currently playing in the league. The top two, if they continue on the tear they’re on, seem to have cemented their positions while the third spot is being solidly held by the Esso Blazers.  

Where it becomes interesting is the battle for the fourth and final playoff position, one in which the Shockwaves hold the edge by a single point over Cayman Brac, respectively. At the bottom of the standings are the Wolves.  

The Shockwaves have turned out to be an interesting squad this season, supporting a team of promising young talent with a determination for improvement.  

Jonathan Powery, the coach of the up-and-coming Shockwaves, has high hopes for his youthful team. “This season has gone very well,” he said. “Considering we’ve got a whole new, young team, we’re still full of talent and have high hopes for the future.” The Shockwaves are sporting a 3-3 record, showing their fight and week-to-week improvement as they’ve managed to be right in the thick of the playoff race.  

“Our goal is the playoffs, along with as much improvement as possible. We’ve got a very capable team and we’re confident if we get there, we’ll be tough competition.”  

Despite their youth, the Shockwaves have a core of youngsters with potential. Albis Amaya, a rookie in the league, burst onto the scene averaging 15.5 points per game with 16.5 rebounds too. Another contributor is Arin Taylor, 10.0 ppg and 2.8 rpg. The Shockwaves potential ‘Big 3’ is rounded out by second-year player Kemar Scott, who averages 8.2 ppg and 5.8 rpg. 

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