Youth basketball is getting closer to its climax.
The PwC Under-16 Basketball League, hosted by the Cayman Islands Basketball Association, is shifting the venue for its remaining regular season matches. Instead of the association court off Eastern Avenue in George Town, games will now be played at Camana Bay’s Arts and Recreation Center.
The league has a pair of match days scheduled for this weekend. On May 22, the boys division will be in action as the John Gray High School Knights take on the JGHS Warriors at 6:15 p.m. before Bodden Town clashes with the Thunder at 7:30 p.m. On May 24, the girls take the court as Monarchs face Comets at 5 p.m. with DREAM and Lynx squaring off at 6:15 p.m.
A quick look at the standings see an interesting race to the playoffs. On the boys side, the 5-0 Thunder are the frontrunners with the 3-2 JGHS Knights, 2-3 Kings, 2-2 Bodden Town and 0-5 JGHS Warriors in hot pursuit. For the girls, the 3-1 Comets have top billing ahead of 2-2 DREAM, 2-2 Monarchs and 1-3 Lynx.
Based on the statistics, the competition is showcasing some good young players. Albis Amaya of the Thunder leads the boys segment with 18.2 points and 14.8 rebounds on average. Arin Taylor of the Thunder is the top passer with 5.6 assists per game, Trevin Williams of JGHS Knights has the most steals, averaging 5.4 steals and Kameron Reynolds of the Thunder is the top 3-point shooter with five 3-pointers made this season.
Guiesha Smith of Monarchs averages 29.5 points and 19.5 rebounds – both tops in the girls division. Alicia Turner of Comets averages 2.7 assists, Khailan O’Connor of Lynx averages five steals per game and Kacie Ramos has the most 3-pointers so far with two treys.
League games continue for the next few weeks on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. The finals are scheduled for June 14.