Wolves bite hard

Men’s basketball started out on the right foot.

Last Sunday saw it all at the Cayman Islands Basketball Association Court off Eastern Avenue.

There were star players being honoured, a large crowd out to support and an entertaining hoops game to boot.

All 14 teams in the 2009 Domino’s Pizza Men’s Basketball League were out for the opening ceremony.

The players looked smart, dressed in their team uniforms and graciously accepted various awards from last.

On hand for the ceremony was a plethora of CIBA officials including CIBA President Bryan Hunter and technical director Victor ‘Voot’ O’Garro.

Joel Jefferson, managing director of title sponsors Domino’s Pizza also witnessed the festivities.

Many officials from government were also present including the Minister of Youth and Sports Alden McLaughlin, Director of Sports Dalton Watler and MLA Alfonso Wright.

There were also a number of notable faces from the sports world in attendance including Eddie Solomon, Collin Anglin and Dionne Anglin.

From there the 100-odd onlookers got a taste of what is to come as the Esso Blazers and DHL Wolves went at it on the court.

The game was a close one early on before the Wolves used their depth on offense to stretch the Blazers defense thin. From there the Wolves used their dominance on the boards to seal a 64-38 victory.

The result would leave the crowd satisfied as most were Wolves supporters.

The Wolves came out hot in the first half. The side had a 14-4 edge in the first quarter before nabbing a 21-14 advantage in the second.

The Wolves stepped on the gas in the second half grabbing an 18-12 edge in the third quarter before locking down on the defensive end to win the fourth quarter 11-8.

Blazers came into the match sporting their tried and true duo of Perry Levy and Rotando Thompson. On the night they showed what they do best.

Levy was the chief ball-handler and for the most part made good decisions with the ball. He made drives where he could and like every good point guard, looked to get his team-mates involved.

Thompson was a force inside. He hustled for rebounds, spotted up for mid-range shots and stood toe-to-toe inside with the rest of the big men.

The Wolves countered with a veteran core of their own in the form of Captain Andres Kirchman and Gary ‘Butcher’ McLaughlin.

Kirchman lead his team well in getting the Wolves alert and active on defense. The result was 18 steals, seven blocks and 25 forced turnovers. In addition he stood his ground inside and fought hard for points and rebounds.

McLaughlin meanwhile was the catalyst on offense. The Butcher chopped up the Blazers defense with a deadly mid-range game and sliced through the lane with fearless acrobatic drives to the basket.

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