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Joshua O’Garro a.k.a. “YG” which apparently stands for “Young O’Garro” set a league high and national record as the youngest player to ever score 50 or more points in a men’s league. The record came at the hands of the Western Union Division 2 men’s team on May 24th as the Juniors came out to prove a point.
The Juniors have a definite game style; high tempo, high octane! From the start, the Juniors applied a stifling zone defense with lots of pressure on the perimeter, forcing a-lot of early turnovers early and jumping out to a 30 point lead by the end of the first half. It was clear that Western Union could not come back, but Juniors Coach Duran “Trinity” Whittaker told his team not to take their feet off the gas and to respect the game by playing the right way. So said so done, despite awesome performances by Tereque Simpson who had 22 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists; and Trevin Williamson who added 23 points and 11 rebounds, YG was the star of the night, lighting up the stat sheet shooting 9 of 13 from 3 point range, 12 of 17 from two point range, adding 10 steals, 10 rebounds and 7 assists. YG was just 3 assists short of a quadruple double, an achievement held only by his uncle Shaad O’Garro. The 53 point game was also the league high, just edging past the Warriors’ Collin Anglin who scored 49 points earlier this season.
Final score: 137 – 64
For Western Union: Darrell Paddyfoot led the way with 25 points and a game high 24 rebounds, unstoppable in the paint. Teammate Daniel Quinland added 19 points in a losing effort
The Warriors defeated the defending champions – Sol Blazers at Clifton Hunter High School Gymnasium last night. The Blazers came out firing on all cylinders, jumping out to an early lead; but the Warriors switched their defense to keep the Blazers off the glass: it paid off! Back came the warriors with a reckless abandon, erasing a 12 point deficit. From there, both teams would trade baskets and runs the entire game, but the Warriors would take the lead with 2 minutes to go and not look back. In the dying seconds of the game, only down by 1 point, the Blazers stole the ball and attacked the basket for what seemed to be a definite lead change and possibly a game winner. But the Warriors’ Kenval Bryan had a different idea! Bryan leaped into the air and pasted the Blazer’s shot attempt against the backboard in what can only be described as a look-alike to Lebron James’ game winning block in last year’s NBA finals. Final Score – 70-67.
For the Warriors, Collin Anglin led all Scorers with 26 points, 9 rebounds and 2 steals while Omari Corbin added a monster 18 point, 20 rebound game. Kenval Bryan added 18 points, 15 rebounds and 3 blocks.
For the Blazers: Kevin Maxwell Led the way with 23 points, 18 rebounds and 2 blocks while Philip Reid added 17 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists.
Watch the interview below as Dionne Anglin interviewed him. She was a true sport because she had just finished playing in her season opener right before the men’s game.
Basketball season in the Cayman Islands is once again off to a successful start. Led by the Cayman Islands Basketball Association (CIBA), several leagues and clinics have taken shape offering vast opportunities to participate in this growing sport on Island. Whether a veteran or beginner, young or “seasoned”, female or male, all are more than welcome to come out and participate.
CIBA provides a fun, safe environment to engage in the sport of basketball, learn about teamwork and commitment as well as gain local and international recognition. CIBA provides youth the opportunity to play overseas at the High School and/or Collegiate level. To date, over a dozen local male and female youth have continued their education overseas through participation in CIBA programs.
These opportunities would not be possible without CIBA sponsorship. PwC generously continues their community outreach through their longstanding sponsorship of The PwC Basketball Under 16 Boys and Girls Leagues. Additionally, KPMG once again has been gracious in sponsoring The KPMG Basketball Under 14 Boys and Girls Leagues. Amongst many other benefits, these sponsorships allow proper statistical record keeping along with the opportunity to play games indoors, crucial for player development.
Stay tuned for updates and developments as the basketball season persists, including plans for a new facility, along with upcoming basketball related events taking place within the Cayman Islands.
For more information including sponsorship opportunities, please contact Michael Diamond at +1 (345) 916-2430 and / or Coach Voot at +1 (345) 916-5083 or visit http://caymanbasketball.com/
“Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out.”
-John Wooden (Renowned Basketball Player and Coach)
Start Date: February 19, 2017
End Date: End of May, 2017
Location: Sundays at Clifton Hunter High School, Thursdays at the ARC at Camana Bay or the CIBA Court on Eastern Avenue
Start Date: April 23rd
End Date: TBD
Location: Clifton Hunter High School
The PwC Basketball Under 16 League (Boys and Girls)
Start Date: April 1, 2017
End Date: June 3, 2017
Location: Clifton Hunter High School on Saturdays, 4 PM – 6 PM (Girls) and 6 PM – 8PM (Boys)
Sponsor Statement: Craig Smith, Partner at PwC says, “PwC is proud to support the PwC Basketball Under 16 boys and girls leagues as we believe that organizations such as CIBA provide a positive outlet for the youth of the Cayman Islands and encourages the kids to stay active, develop their talents and provides local and overseas opportunities which in turn forms a strong foundation for success in the future. We also recognize the individuals who are vital to running the league efficiently by volunteering their time and efforts to ensure the season is a successful one.”
(From left to right: Coach Voot (CIBA), Leslie Wilson (PwC), Craig Smith (PwC), Michael Diamond (CIBA))
The KPMG Basketball Under 14 League (Boys and Girls)
Start Date: End of March, 2017
End Date: May 11, 2017
Location: 3:15 PM or 3:30 PM Mondays and Thursdays at various venues (Boys), 3:30 PM Tuesdays and Wednesdays at various venues (Girls)
Sponsor Statement: “KPMG continues to support the Under 14 Basketball program as we see the value and benefits over the years that the students receive from participating, thanks to Coach Victor “Voot” O’Garro and his colleagues. We have seen the success of some of the participants continuing abroad and we look forward to the future success of other students in the program.” Andrew Stepaniuk, Partner at KPMG in the Cayman Islands stated.
(One of the John Gray High School Academy Teams Posing at halftime of a recent match in the KPMG Basketball Under 14 League play)
One thing is for sure; Basketball is alive and well in Cayman!
The defending champions are continuing the dominance throughout the National Men’s League 2017 Season. Although they aren’t doing it in the emphatic fashion as in past seasons, the Blazers are still a force to be reckoned with. Off season trades saw the exit of started Deandre Simpson (who went to the Warriors) and Davie Cotterell (who went to the Silver Bullets) but the Veteran Kevin Maxwell and Triple Double Monster Shaad O’Garro are holding the fort with their team. They Look forward to the return of Samuel O’Garro when he returns from his professional season in Germany. On April 9th the Blazers took on Fix-It Celltronics in a fast paced, physical game. Although Celltronics were keeping within striking distance, the Blazers never trailed during the game and didn’t seem to be bothered by the fact that their opponents lingered near.
Celltronics 63 points v Sol Blazers 76 points
- Winner- Sol Blazers – Josh Cotterell 19 pts; 9 rebs; 2 as; 1 st, Kevin Maxwell 15 pts; 18 rebs; 1 as; 2sts; 2 bls, Nicholas Beverly 12 pts; 7 rebs
- Losing Team – Celltronics – Davion Foster 20 pts; 15 rebs; 2 bls, Daniel Mowatt 17 pts; 7 rebs
The undefeated Warriors took on the young Hoopsters team at the Clifton Hunter High School on April 9th. The Hoopsters came out with a full court press and took an early lead; in fact, they would lead for 90% of the game and it wasn’t until the final 5 minutes of the game that the Warriors would see their first lead. This game proved experience over youth as the Warriors stuck to their strategy of attacking the basket and getting a few key Hoopsters into foul trouble.
Hoopsters 65 points v Warriors 74 points
- Winner – Warriors – Collin Anglin 31 pts; 2 as; 2 sts, Kenval Bryan 15 pts; 12 rebs; 3 as; 1 st; 3 bls, Andrew Wisdom 13 pts; 22 rebs; 3 sts
- Losing Team – Hoopsters Jamaal Miller 19 pts; 9 rebs; 3 as; 4 sts; 1 bl, Juawon Ebanks 17 pts; 7 rebs; 3 as; 3 sts, Jamel Winton 13 pts; 7 rebs; 3 as; 3 sts
Sunday April 2
Game 1- Warriors 96 points v Celltronics 83 points
- Winner – Warriors – *Collin Anglin 49 pts; 4 rebs; 4 as; 2 sts – *Season High
Kenval Bryan – 31 pts; 15 rebs; 1as; 2 bls
- Losing Team – Celltronics – Daniel Mowatt 19 pts
Shawn Smith 15 pts; 7 rebs
Game 2 – Juniors 68 points v Hoopsters 66 points
- Winner – Juniors – Tareque Simpson 21 pts; 9 rebs; 3 as; 7 sts; 3 bls
Joshua O’Garro 16 pts; 5 rebs; 4 as; 6 sts; 1 bl
Bryce Thompson – 12 pts; 9 rebs; 5 as; 4 sts; 3 bls
- Losing Team – Hoopsters – Juawon Ebanks – 22 pts; 5 rebs; 4 as; 10 sts
Jamaal Miller – 14 pts; 6 rebs; 3 as; 5 sts
Thursday April 6
Game 1- Charterland 70 points v Sol Blazers 79 points
- Winner – Sol Blazers – Kevin Maxwell 17 pts; 9 reb; 2 bls
Phillip Reid 15 pts; 8 rebs; 4 sts
Nikolai Marquis 14 pts; 6 rebs; 4 as; 2 sts
- Losing Team – Charterland – Wil Koutney 21 pts; 3 rebs
Ryan Dolan 16 pts; 2 rebs
Game 2 – Maples 39 points v Silver Bullets 104 points
- Winner – Silver Bullets – Kwei General 26 pts; 12 rebs; 4 as; 2 sts
Peter Grant 23 pts; 6 rebs; 7 as; 9 sts; 1 bl
Davion Cotterell 22 pts; 6 rebs; 3 as; 8 sts
- Losing Team – Maples – James Ebanks 15 pts; 3 rebs; 3 as; 3 sts
Jonathan Allen 8 pts; 11 rebs