Some of Cayman’s young basketball stars are excelling at the US high school level.
Santa Clarita Christian School boys basketball head coach James Mosley knew he had a few players with big-time potential. Even Mosley was surprised at how quickly 6ft 6in forward Phillip Webb broke out with a superb double-double performance earlier this month.
Webb, a junior who transferred to Santa Clarita this year from the Cayman Islands, scored 36 points and added 21 rebounds and six blocks to lead the Cardinals past California City 61-51 at The Master’s College. Mosley was impressed.
“I thought he would have a game like this,” Mosley said. “I thought it would come more toward league. He’s really just like a baby. He started just playing just a little bit ago. He started up and his parents brought him in the States to play basketball.”
Fellow Caymanian Larue Nixon, a senior, added 12 points for Santa Clarita, 4-3, and sophomore Christopher Collins, another transfer from Cayman, chipped in 12 rebounds. Yet their impact paled in comparison to Webb.
Webb helped the Cardinals turn a 28-21 halftime lead into a 49-32 advantage heading into the fourth quarter. Cal City, 2-4, put together a small rally with a late 8-0 run, but as Mosley states, the Cardinals hung tough.
“We’re still learning. We have lot of new guys and we’re just trying to come together. We haven’t had a lot of time together.”
The Cardinals had another game before the Christmas break as they battled Frazier Mountain at home.