John Gray High School sports Cayman’s top youth basketball teams.
The school’s Wahoo Academy won the boys and girls divisions of the 2014 KPMG Inter-School Under-14 Basketball League this week. On Tuesday, the Wahoo boys defeated Clifton Hunter High School, 37-28. On Wednesday, the girls upset favorites Triple C, 16-14. Both matches took place at the University College of the Cayman Islands multipurpose hall.
Technical director for Cayman basketball Victor ‘Voot’ O’Garro said the boys’ result was extraordinary considering the talent of their opponents.
“I’m extremely impressed with John Gray winning as they split up the school into four teams or academies,” O’Garro said. “If they had brought one team like Clifton Hunter, they would have blown out the other teams. To be fair, because of their location, Clifton Hunter didn’t have the choice of players. The best of what they had they brought and it was basically an all-star team. So I’m very impressed with an academy team beating an all-star team.
“I have to credit Huey Crawford and Errol Grey of John Gray for making the academies come out and play. I compliment the teachers for that.”
The boys final boiled down to a match-up between two talented youngsters in Wahoo’s Bryce Thompson (brother of noted scorer Bruce Thompson) and Clifton Hunter’s Justin Collins. The deciding factor would be the play of Wahoo’s Ted Padua, who helped shoulder the load on both sides of the ball.
The girls final didn’t have the marquee names but the defensive intensity from both teams made scoring a chore.
O’Garro said KPMG has been one of basketball’s most consistent supporters, with the school league concluding its third year. For KPMG partner Andrew Stepaniuk, school sports are essential to improving Cayman’s youth.
“KPMG is delighted to have the opportunity to once again sponsor the league,” Stepaniuk said. “The students are passionate about the sport and performed exceptionally well throughout the program. This afterschool activity has and will continue to improve their health and self esteem, allowing them to continue to become well-rounded individuals.”