Jonathan Powery continues to enjoy success on the court.
The West Bay legend, still a young man himself at age 24, wrapped up a second straight youth basketball championship as he coached the Thunder to the PwC Under-16 Basketball League title. The Thunder would smash Bodden Town, 62-44, in the boys final last Sunday at Camana Bay’s Arts and Recreation Center. The victory also cements an unbeaten campaign for the squad, which featured many of the West Bay talents attending Wesleyan Christian Academy that propelled the school to the Under-19 league title in undefeated fashion. Powery says the flawless run is a nice bonus.
“It says a whole lot and it’s nice to have as well as the championship,” Powery said. “To go undefeated and lose would have been a bummer. For me, to go unbeaten into a final adds pressure. This is my second time going undefeated, the first was in the Under-19 league, and I know a lot of people can’t stand us, because we keep winning. I would hate it too if another team was winning everything.
“But my team deserved it. They trained so hard in practice and we didn’t let up on them.”
Powery – who draws inspiration from wife Roberta Powery and young son Samuel – led a deep squad headlined by Albis Amaya, Juawon Ebanks and Arin Taylor. Amaya, 16, has quickly emerged into the top prodigy to watch in the paint, nabbing the regular season and Finals Most Valuable Player awards. The 6-foot, 6-inch forward, who grew three inches in recent months, also grabbed the scoring and rebounding titles – averaging 19.6 points and 13.5 rebounds per game. Amaya says his attitude for the final against Josh Fehr and company was to dominate.
“We came out with intensity, our first match-ups this year we were sloppy,” Amaya said. “I said to myself ‘this is my last year, it’s all or nothing, there are no more seasons left.’ In the finals we came out doing all we could do with the intensity up a notch. We did everything, I did all I could to win. That team had no inside force, no one could handle me.”
In the girls division, the Lynx would defeat the Monarchs – who featured regular season scoring champ and MVP Guiesha Smith – for the title. Leading the victors was Khailan O’Connor, the Finals MVP.