Thompson lifts Griffins over Esso

Wesleyan Christian Academy is flexing its muscles in youth basketball. 

The West Bay school has the top two teams in the boys division of the Dominos Pizza Under-19 Basketball League, staged by the Cayman Islands Basketball Association. Their 3-1 Griffins team solidified its second place ranking with a 62-60 win over the 3-1 Esso Blazers at Camana Bay’s Arts and Recreation Center. Alex Thompson would emerge the hero by nabbing the game-winning basket with under 30 seconds left. 

Bruce Reynolds serves as the Wesleyan assistant coach and said last Saturday’s result was not surprising. 

“We expected it to be physical and up-tempo,” Reynolds said. “It turned out exactly how we expected it to turn out with our game plan and the determination of our guys. Alex did very well, he stepped up and continues to be one of the main men. With perpetual support from the coaches and his teammates, he will do well for us.” 

Thompson was top scorer for the Griffins with 17 points, 21 rebounds and five blocks. Devonte Dacres added 15 points, with three 3-pointers and seven rebounds and Jimmy Clarke notched 13 points and 15 rebounds. Javon Seymour was the game’s top scorer with 20 points, two 3-pointers and five rebounds for Esso. Franz Manderson Jr. produced 11 points and 13 rebounds and Aaron Mackey had nine points and six rebounds. 

The Wesleyan Soldiers are the competition’s lone unbeaten team at 4-0. The Soldiers are coming off a 57-52 win over their schoolmates, the Griffins. Albis Amaya carried the winners with 14 points, while Thompson led Griffins with 18 points and 11 rebounds. 

Prior to their defeat, Esso were coming off a 60-52 win over the 0-4 Wolves last Thursday. Seymour scored 20 points while Eric Evans paced Wolves with 23 points and 12 rebounds.  

Bodden Town Reapers, 2-2, remain fourth in the standings after beating 0-4 John Gray High School, 65-49. Bodden Town saw Duncan Anderson and Shaquille Heath combine for 30 points and 22 rebounds while James Ebanks led John Gray with 14 points. 

In the girls division, the 3-0 Lynx lead the way and are coming off a 64-32 win over the 1-2 Sparks last Saturday. Khailan O’Connor notched 31 points and 13 steals for the winners while April Ebanks answered with 18 points and 28 rebounds for the Sparks. The 2-1 Comets are second in the standings with the 0-3 Monarchs in last place. 

 

League matches continue tonight as John Gray face Wolves at 6 p.m. and Reapers challenge Soldiers at 7:15 p.m. at the association court off Eastern Avenue. Camana Bay will host matches on Saturday. 

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