Corporate hoopsters make final push

Local companies are going at each other hard on the court to start 2009.

The semi-finals of the Cayman Islands Basketball Association Corporate League are set to take place tonight.

The Digicel Court on Eastern Avenue in George Town will see two matches starting from 6:15pm.

First up two league powerhouses collide as Youth and Sports battle DHL.

Y and S come into the playoffs with a 4-1 record and boasting a solid group of players including local basketball talents Phillip Wilson, Colin Anglin and Daniel Augustine.

Meanwhile DHL were also 4-1 during the regular season and boast standout local basketball talents Eckerd McField and Benecia Thompson.

Thereafter FCIB take on Walkers at 7:25pm.

FCIB come into the match boasting plenty of firepower and the lone undefeated record in the regular season at 5-0.

Meanwhile Walkers are a strong 4-1 team that play a high-scoring, fast-tempo type of game.

All the teams had some interesting roads to the semi-finals.

YS got to the semi-finals after a tough 76-74 win over KPMG White in the first round of the playoffs.

DHL had a much easier time of it as they took down favourites Maples Finance 82-69 last Wednesday.

FCIB were another Wednesday winner as they beat a strong Maples and Calder team 65-58.

Walkers beat the Cayman Islands Monetary Authority 53-52 on Monday to get to the second round.

After tonight’s games the finals will be set and the title game will tip off this Wednesday.

The regular season for the league ended a month ago. From there the playoffs would star the top four teams in each division facing off last Monday.

In pool one the playoff teams would be YS (who scored the most points in their division with 312), Walkers (who scored the second most with 296), Maples Finance (who allowed the fewest points in the division with 245) and Maples and Calder (who gave up the second fewest points with 246).

In pool two the playoff teams would be FCIB (leading the division in scoring with 311 points), DHL (allowing the fewest points in the division with 114), CIMA (the only playoff team to be outscored during the regular season) and KPMG White (who played a balanced but low-scoring game).