Local hoopsters score trifecta against Cali opposition

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.

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