Shockwaves can silence doubters

The Shockwaves have no regrets about being second-best again.

For a second consecutive year, the Butterfield Shockwaves lost to team Charterland in the division two finals of the Cayman Islands Basketball Association 2012 national men’s league. For head coach Jonathan Powery, 22, this season was not a disgrace.

“There is not much regrets, I know what the team is capable of,” Powery said. “I’d say I was more disappointed than anything. To me we were the better team. At the end of the day, we’re all a little more disappointed than regretful.

“Our team always gets younger every year. As a coach you’re someone that has to scream instructions from the bench. I was working hard to get fit and on the court I was there talking to the guys in the finals. It worked for the first half and in the second half I sat back and coached on the bench. I felt it, me playing, could have benefitted the team and it did benefit the team.”

Butterfield lost to Charterland in the best-of-three finals, this time in three games. The Shockwaves started the series with a 75-73 upset in game one before Charterland came back to win game two 75-40 and game three 73-67 this month. The 2012 championship is the fourth in Charterland’s team history, dating back to their days as the Digicel Demons.

Leading the Shockwaves in game three were Peter Grant (21 points off two treys, eight rebounds), Darryl Paddyfoot (16 points, 16 rebounds) and Phillip Webb (11 points, 18 rebounds).

Charterland countered with double doubles from Nathan Smith (12 points and 12 rebounds) and Will Koutney (10 points and 14 rebounds) with Jeremy Strickland adding 11 points and four assists and Scott Murray posting 21 points off two three-pointers, six assists and five steals.

Butterfield team captain Olujimi La Pierre, 23, is another squad member not fazed by a second straight runner-up campaign. The Prospect native insists he is proud of the Shockwaves.

“It was a good series, the final result was not in our favour but I’m proud of what my team did this year,” La Pierre said.

“We showed Charterland we are a team and a force to be reckoned with. We built up chemistry and as captain, the guys showed respect and made sacrifices to come to practice and work hard in games. It was a good season.”

The Shockwaves were the second best side in the regular season at 5-3. Charterland were a perfect 8-0. Powery, a West Bay native, states next season will see changes to prevent another runner-up spot.

“As a coach I will change. I’m taking a step back and recharging my coaching style to grow something different with new tactics. It will be better for the youths, a lot of youths come to my team and I develop young talent.

“You will see something different. Hopefully, everyone will see a difference. It should be better next time and it can help the rise of basketball as a whole in Cayman.”