Wolves hunt for third triumph

Wolves basketball club are chasing a third straight youth championship.

The Cayman Islands Basketball Association is staging its 2012 Under-19 Basketball League. Matches are taking place at the basketball association court off Eastern Avenue.

Wolves have won the last two league titles, behind head coach Duran ‘Trinni’ Whittaker and 2011 Most Valuable Player Peter Grant. The green pack crushed the Esso Blazers in its season opener 93-42 late last month. Grant, 16, picked up where he left off with a game-high 30 points (including two three-pointers), five assists and five steals.

The George Town resident had help from a familiar crew. Reuben Barnes had 18 points, two three-pointers, three rebounds and two steals. David Powery registered 14 points, an amazing 12 assists and four steals with Brandon Thompson posting 10 points, eight rebounds and four steals.

The lone bright spot for Esso was Justin Nalty, who notched 18 points, seven rebounds and four steals. Alex Ebanks and Cameron Hydes combined for 11 points and steals.

Grant, now in his fifth U19 campaign, is the early favourite to be the face of the league. Last year, he won the scoring and assists titles (averaging 31.5 points and 4.9 assists per game) and he was named Best Defensive Player for having a league-best 84 steals.

Grant figures to see his club threatened consistently by Bodden Town. Nicknamed the Reapers, head coach Tim Howard’s squad is off to a fast start at 2-0, defeating Wesleyan Christian Academy 59-41 in the opener before destroying John Gray High School 77-37. Leading the way has been U19 veteran Shaquille Heath (16.5ppg, 16.0 rebounds per game) and Travis Barnes (20.0ppg, 14.5rpg).

League matches continue this Saturday, 10 November, at the association court with Esso facing Bodden Town at 3pm and the Wolves battling John Gray at 4.30pm.

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