Corporate basketball recently saw its final set of games before the holidays.
The Digicel Court on Eastern Avenue saw three games in the Cayman Islands Basketball Association Corporate League.
All six teams from pool one would be in action. The Department of Youth and Sports took on Maples and Calder at 6:15pm, Maples Finance battled Trident Titans at 7:30pm and Goldman Sachs faced Walkers at 8:45pm.
The first match saw a tight, see-saw battle between YS and Maples. YS were set on keeping the tempo quick and got on transition as much as they could courtesy of steals and turnovers.
Assistant Director of Sports Colin Anglin, arguably Cayman’s best basketball player, led the way for YS. He was a menace on defense picking off many passes and from there he would sprint to the basket for easy scores.
In fact the majority of points for YS would come from points in transition courtesy of easy lay-ups.
Anglin had help from a number of established faces on the local basketball scene including Philip Wilson and Daniel Augustine.
Meanwhile Maples, led by Coach Shawn Pitterson, tried their best to assert their will via a half-court offense. Much of their efforts focused on getting the ball inside where local basketball prodigy Deandre Simpson did the rest.
Simpson wasn’t the only big name on the squad. Adam Milburn, as he has done for Senior League team Shaolin, handled the point guard duties.
Esso Blazers big man Rotando Thompson was also on the court and he contributed to Maples superior inside presence.
Other notable names included up and coming young player Jonathon Allen and wingman Jermaine Myles.
Both teams played tight defensively and emphasised driving to the basket with windy, cold conditions.
It would have been interesting to see how different the match, and indeed all local basketball games, could have been if it was played indoors on a proper wooden court.
The rest of the games on the night would see more well-established local players in action.
The second game saw Ovaine Monteith and Andrew Wisdom starring for Maples against the likes of Mike Morgan and Bobeth O’Garro for Trident.
The last game would see Oneil Samuels and Mark Wellon of Goldman Sachs taking on the likes of Collin Bodden and Kevin Maxwell of Walkers.
All six teams from pool two were in action on Monday in three matches as CIMA faced FCIB, KPMG White battled KPMG Silver and lastly KPMG Blue went against DHL.
Coming into this week’s games the standings for the league saw a major disparity between the two pools.
In pool one Youth and Sports, Maples Finance and Walkers were tied atop the league at 3-1 with seven points. Maples and Calder were next at 2-2, Goldman Sachs came thereafter at 1-3 with winless Trident Titans in the cellar at 0-4.
Pool two meanwhile saw lone undefeated team FCIB in first at 4-0. DHL were second at 3-1 and CIMA third at 2-2. Thereafter were KPMG White 1-3, KPMG Blue at 1-1-2 and KPMG Silver at 0-1-3.