Maples and FCIB in charge on court

Two local financial institutions are on top of a corporate basketball league.

Maples Finance and First Caribbean International Bank are the frontrunners of the 2008 Cayman Islands Basketball Association corporate basketball league.

Coming into this week Maples were on top in pool one. The side has been getting it done on offense scoring the most points in its division with 127. At the same time it has allowed the second fewest points with 92.

The squad has benefited greatly from the presence of local sportsmen such as Kareem Robinson, Ovaine Monteith and basketball guru Andrew Wisdom.

FCIB meanwhile have been finding their groove offensively as well. They have scored the most points in the entire competition thus far with 137.

Though both sides are undefeated, the standings show every team is competitive and within striking distance of a playoff spot.

In pool one some of the teams on the heels of Maples Finance are Walkers (who have scored the second most points in the division), Youth and Sports and Maples and Calder (who have allowed the fewest points in the division with 85).

In pool two FCIB are looking over their shoulder primarily at DHL, who have allowed the fewest points in the entire competition with 36.

Much of that defensive dominance has come from standout local basketball players Eckerd McField and Benecia Thompson.

Meanwhile KPMG White and KPMG Blue are also not far behind. Blue is an interesting team in the league as it is the only club in the competition that has a winning record in spite of being outscored by their opponents.

This week will see week four of the corporate league being played at the Digicel Court off Eastern Avenue.

Tomorrow six teams from pool one are in action. Youth and Sports take on Trident Titans at 6:15pm, Maples Finance clashes with Walkers at 7:30pm and Maples and Calder goes against Goldman Sachs at 8:45pm.

Three games with pool two teams were played last night. At 6:15pm CIMA took on KPMG Silver, KPMG White battled DHL at 7:30pm and FCIB faced KPMG Blue at 8:45pm.

The regular season for the league is set to end next Wednesday 17 December. From there the league will have a two week holiday break.

The playoffs will then take place 5-14 January.