Esso won’t gas in playoffs

Esso Blazers are one of many teams looking to secure a playoff spot.

The Blazers play in Cayman Islands Basketball Association U19 Boys Basketball League.

The league frontrunners have a huge match tomorrow evening with plenty of playoff implications.

At 4pm the Digicel Court on Eastern Avenue will see Esso take on up-and-coming Future SC.

As always, Stephen Shaw and Brandon Glasgow will be crucial for Esso. Their ability to wipe the glass and limit Future’s second-chances will decide the outcome.

Shaw continues to pace the league in rebounds with 20.7 boards per game while Glasgow is just outside the top ten averaging 10.6 boards per match.

Esso will also hope to get a solid contribution from their role players. The team only got 12 points from those players, nine of which from Patrick Barnes, in their 64-56 loss to Silver Bullets last Saturday.

Meanwhile Jonathon Powery will loom large for Future. In their two wins this season Powery has averaged 13.5 points, two steals and five and a half rebounds.

Jarrett Terry and Nicholas Roberts have been big factors of late, averaging 13 points and 13.7 points respectively in their last three games, including a 75-70 defeat at Tarheels last Tuesday.

Future has done well when keeping their opponents to 60 points or less. They’ve won two games and lost one, averaging 11 steals and causing 23.7 turnovers per game.

Coming into the match Esso are tied with Tarheels atop the league. Both have 16 points and identical records 7-2.

A loss for the Blazers would ensure a first-round tussle with Deandre Simpson and the Silver Bullets, who are third at 4-3.

Taking into account last Saturday’s game the teams have split their match-ups on the year. Their encounters have centred on whoever gets the edge in rebounding, assists and steals while committing fewer turnovers.

Meanwhile a win would grant the Blazers a chance to take on the fourth-best team, which at this point is team Redemption.

The side is coming off a solid win over Wolves last Tuesday. The side scored 62 points, with 23 from Bruce Thompson and 13 from Justin Connolly, while keeping the underachieving Wolves to 49 points.

Esso would welcome that challenge as they have won both of their matches. The key has been their ability to get the rebounding edge while Glasgow averages 19.5 points.