The local men’s league is well underway and is set to hold court this weekend.
This Sunday will mark the seventh round of the Digicel Men’s League. In Division One, Blazers take on Juniors at 6:45pm while Philippines battle Tarheels at 7:45pm.
On the other hand, Saturday will see the fifth round of play in Division Two. At 6:15pm Ritz Carlton Lions take on Digicel Demons and at 7:45pm Future Sports Club faces off with Columbia.
All matches take place at the Digicel Court beside Cox Lumber on Eastern Avenue, George Town.
Sunday’s action features some intriguing games. Blazers go into their match with three of the leagues top 15 scorers. Perre Levy leads the group averaging 22 points a game.
Meanwhile Juniors boast big man Samuel O’Garro. O’Garro comes into the match averaging a double-double with roughly 25 points and 12 rebounds per contest.
In the second game, fans will see a match up of opposites. Tarheels come into the game with the fewest points scored and allowed in the league. On the other hand, Phillipines have allowed the second most points in the league.
On the other hand, Saturday’s action will offer much to consider.
The first game will boil down to defense as the Demons and Lions are ranked first and second respectively in points allowed so far.
The second contest will pit two clubs at opposite ends of the table. Columbia is undefeated and second in the league while Future is winless and at the bottom of the league.
As of Wednesday 30 April, the standings for Division One see Wolves undefeated and atop the league with five wins and ten points. Shaolin and Bullets are second and third respectively with three wins and eight points apiece. Blazers are currently hanging on to fourth position with three wins and seven points.
Meanwhile in Division Two, Alico are the frontrunners with two wins and six points. Columbia is in second with three wins and six points with Digicel in third with two wins and five points.
Games for the Men’s League started in early April. Division One saw its first games on Sunday 6 April. Meanwhile Division Two saw its games begin on Monday 7 April.
Games take place four days a week at the court. Division One games are every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday. Division Two games are every Saturday.
Games will continue for the next three months. The regular season is set to end 19 June for Division One and 7 June for Division Two. Playoffs start thereafter and will end 3 July and 28 June respectively.
Member of the Cayman Islands Basketball Association Colin Anglin says the league is experiencing tremendous growth.
‘The league is expanding every year. As a result, the level of basketball has definitely risen. Teams are a lot stronger.
‘Teams are putting more emphasis on recruiting. They understand now the importance of the right players for the right positions. People are taking the games a lot more serious.’
Anglin says looking ahead he sees more basketball facilities having to be put in place to cope with all the activity.
‘Soon we’ll have to start playing basketball in more districts. Basketball is happening at the Digicel Court five days a week. It was six days a week when the youth league was on.
‘We’re going to need to expand and get more facilities in the future.’
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