One of the reigning champions of youth basketball is not in good form.
The Wolves have started out 0-2 in the boys division of the Dominos Pizza Under-19 Basketball League, staged by the Cayman Islands Basketball Association. Their last match was a 89-42 loss to the Wesleyan Christian Academy Soldiers last Saturday.
Eric Evans was top scorer for the defending champs with 11 points with Rhomar Williams adding nine points and seven rebounds. Albis Amaya paced the Wesleyan scoring with 29 points and 21 rebounds, Naithique Jackson notched 18 points and 10 rebounds, Juawon Ebanks registered 11 points and 10 rebounds and Maleke Ebanks had 10 points.
It was the second consecutive lopsided win for the Soldiers as they hammered 0-2 John Gray High School, 84-20, last Thursday. Wesleyan dominated the statistics as Jerome Bailey scored 19 points and nine rebounds, Naithique Jackson registered 17 points and six points, Juawon Ebanks notched 14 points and seven steals and Albis Amaya posted 10 points and 18 rebounds.
While the Wolves have struggled, Wesleyan has looked sharp with both its Soldiers and Griffins teams unbeaten. The Griffins managed a 52-50 win over the 0-2 Bodden Town Reapers last Thursday as Alexander Thompson soared for 18 points and 20 rebounds. Michael Brooks scored 22 points, with three 3-pointers and four steals, for Bodden Town with Shaquille Heath contributing 12 points and 13 rebounds.
Both Wesleyan sides are aiming to keep pace with the 2-0 Esso Blazers, who beat John Gray, 65-40. Javon Seymour led Esso with 26 points and seven rebounds and Dominic Martucci registered 23 points, including three 3-pointers and 11 steals. Bryce Thompson paced John Gray with 13 points and 10 rebounds while James Ebanks added 11 points.
In the girls division, Lynx are unbeaten at 2-0 thanks to starlets like Khailan O’Connor, Hannah Parchment and Melissa Bridgemohan. April Ebanks and the Sparks and the Comets, who feature talents like Chloe Powery, are 1-1 with the 0-2 Monarchs, who sport the likes of Rochel Gardener, in last place.
League matches continue tonight as Griffins face Soldiers at 6 p.m. and Esso challenge Wolves at 7:15 p.m. at the association court off Eastern Avenue. Camana Bay’s Arts and Recreation Center will host matches on Saturday.