Hoopsters will storm the court

Local basketball leaps into action with several initiatives this month. 

The Cayman Islands Basketball Association has four endeavors planned in the Kings after-school program (from Sept. 5 on Thursdays and Fridays), Division Three League (which runs Sept. 8 to Dec. 1), the association’s basketball academy (from Sept. 21 on Saturdays) and the Under-19 League (which runs Sept. 21 to Dec. 14). 

The Kings initiative is the association’s youth development program headquartered at Kings Sports Center. Targeting kids ages 8 to 16, sessions will run until next June from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. with stoppages for holidays and school breaks.  

It operates under the leadership of national men’s team coach Daniel Augustine and technical director for Cayman basketball Victor “Voot” O’Garro, as well as help from other local coaches. The program grooms aspiring talents for local and international competitions. O’Garro and company are also involved in the academy, which is slated to take place at First Baptist Church until next June. 

The Division Three League is a social competition featuring many participants from the Philippines. It generally serves as part of the offseason training for regulars in the national men’s league. The Under-19 tournament is arguably Cayman’s premier youth basketball showcase. 

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Last year, the Wolves and Wesleyan Christian Academy jostled for Under-19 League glory. – PHOTO: MATTHEW YATES
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