The Esso Blazers have accomplished a monumental task. They dethroned the most dominant under-25 team in the past two years-George Town Sports Club-and have done so convincingly.
Esso has evolved from a young inexperienced team to a dominant force in Cayman Basketball. The Blazers swept through the big four tournament undefeated and capped off their most impressive season since their inception. George Town needed to force a game 3 to stand a chance of defending their championship and one would have thought that GT would surely win game two; but Esso was the aggressor and were clearly hungrier than ever for their first Championship.
The Blazers out-hustled GTSC in almost every category; they out-rebounded their opponents 48-34, had a better team free-throw percentage and forced many ill-advised shots with their suffocating defense. Jermaine Myles had a game high 25 points to lead the Blazers, But Kevin Maxwell was again the man of the match with his 4th straight double-double. Maxwell had 10 points, 12 rebounds and 3 blocks; Perry Levy also scored 20 points and pulled down 8 rebounds for his team. For GTSC, their main man Antonio Thompson did not give his usual 28-point performance, it seemed like one of those nights when things just don’t go a player’s way and their second highest scorer – Kenny Latrico – also had offensive difficulties, largely due to the Blazers defense. Thompson Scored a team high 17 points in a losing effort but Eckerd Mcfield was GT’s best player that night with 12 points and 12 rebounds; Jasen Campbell scored 15 points and had 5 steals for GT.