PwC backs Under-16 hoops talent

It was another successful season as more than 120 boys and girls recently took the courts to showcase their talents in the annual PwC Under-16 Basketball League.

This tournament, aimed at both boys and girls, has been supported by PwC for more than seven consecutive years and has yielded some great results. Not only does PwC’s financial support allow proper statistical record-keeping, it also allows the game to be played indoors, which is extremely important to player development.

The league provides a fun, safe environment for young teens to engage in the sport of basketball, learn about teamwork and commitment as well as gain local and international recognition for their talents.

Because of this league and the role it plays in youth basketball development, more than 10 athletes have been able to land spots on high school rosters in the US and even more have gone on to college.

This year’s leagues saw a change of the guard as the previous three-time boys champions Bodden Town had to hand over their crown to Wesleyan Christian Academy, who were led by League and Finals Most Valuable Player Albis Amaya. The low-post player led the league in scoring and rebounds. Star guards Arin Taylor and Juawon Ebanks were the most dominant at the one (point guard) and two (shooting guard) positions.

For the girls, the Lynx captured their first championship. Led by League MVP Hannah Parchment and rising star Khalian O’Connor, the Lynx were able to dominate the majority of the season and quickly became the favorites. Due to their dedication at practice and teamwork, they were an unstoppable force.

The league is heavily supported by parents and spectators and everyone is already talking about next year’s leagues as they eagerly anticipate March 2014.

Angilynn Chan-Baraud, PwC’s business development manager, says, “PwC is proud to support our youth in developing skills such as sportsmanship, team work, dedication and physical well being. We commend those involved who contribute their time from score keeping to coaching our youth throughout the season. The league would not be a success without such individuals.”

The PwC competition is organized by the Cayman Islands Basketball Association, the sport’s governing body in Cayman. It is one of two major youth basketball programs, with the other being the ongoing Domino’s Pizza Under-19 Basketball League. The U-19 tournament features many of the same team names, such as Bodden Town and Wesleyan, with prodigies like Dominic Martucci and April Ebanks on display.

To get involved in youth basketball in Cayman, email [email protected] for more details.