Local men’s basketball gets rolling into its second week of play tonight.
The CIBA Court off Eastern Avenue will see a pair of games in division two of the 2009 Domino’s Pizza National Men’s League.
At 6:15pm Digicel Broadband (formerly the Demons) take on Future Sports Club before the Rock Hole Fyah Ants square off with Esso Blazers B at 7:50pm.
Digicel were runners-up in last year’s competition. They made it through the regular season in convincing fashion thanks to the play of guard-center duo Gavin McMasters and Michael Burbidge.
They are most effective in a half-court set where McMasters can pick his spots to either pass or shoot while Burbidge can hunker down inside and wait for rebounds.
The youthful Future team – with the majority of players younger than 22 – rely on quickness in the open court and athleticism in all aspects.
Two of their key players are Michael Blackburn and Jarrett Terry (who starred for the U19 Future team).
Blackburn is a developing guard who can drive to the basket and create his own shot. Terry excels on the perimeter and all he needs is to make a few shots to get on a roll.
In the other game Rock Hole are relative unknowns. Judging from their 77-39 loss to Digicel they are still a work in progress.
However they do have a good player in Cruze Solomon. Solomon had 14 points and four three pointers. His shooting should be big tonight.
The Blazers meanwhile boast some of Cayman’s best young talent. Among them is Brandon Glasgow.
Glasgow has the ability to thwart defenses with his tenacity on the boards and reliable mid-range game. His unselfishness makes Esso tough as he can get team-mates on the score sheet in a heartbeat.
Hoops action continues tomorrow night with division one games. At 6:15pm Jonathan Corpus and team Colombia square off with Deandre Simpson and the Silver Bullets. At 7:50pm Perry Levy and the Esso Blazers battle Ransford Welcome and the Wendy’s Tarheels.