Youth basketball presses on into March.
The Cayman Islands Basketball Association is organising the KPMG Inter-School 14 and Under Basketball League. The competition is split into a boys and girls league.
On Monday, 4 March, the boys are in action at the University College of the Cayman Islands multipurpose hall. At 3.15pm, there will be a John Gray High School showdown as Marlin Academy faces Tarpon Academy. At 4.15pm, Cayman Prep battles John Gray’s Wahoo Academy.
On Tuesday, 5 March, the girls take centre stage at the Triple C school hall. At 3.15pm, John Gray’s Dolphin Academy challenges Triple C followed by John Gray’s Marlin Academy contending with the Clifton Hunter High School Diamonds at 4.15pm.
The competition is already into round two with the girls playing five rounds and the boys slated for seven rounds. The girls’ regular season finale is set for 28 March while the boys wrap up on 8 April.
John Gray High School had the top teams last year, producing the boys and girls winners in Tarpon Academy and Wahoo Academy, respectively. Youth basketball stalwart Arin Taylor was the Most Valuable Player with help from schoolmates Cameron Hydes and Akeem Burton. For the girls, Guiesha Smith was the MVP. Amanda Stone was the other main contributor.
In all, about 12 squads participated. The competition featured local secondary schools like Triple C. Most teams were coached by notable youth basketball figures like Ben Stoner, Phillip Webb and Reuben Barnes. The competition allowed unheralded talent, like Wahoo’s Christopher Lopez and Yolanni Manzanares of the Clifton Hunter High School Diamonds, to excel.
The 14U league is in its second year, as 2012 matches took place at Camana Bay’s Arts and Recreation Centre and at the Sir Vassel Johnson Hall at the University College of the Cayman Islands.
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