George Town stumble

It’s early to say anyone is struggling on the court.

But with the way George Town Sports Club has been playing lately it’s safe to say they’re not on the right foot.

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The Wolves often had tough lay-ups. Photo: Tara Bush

Defending five-time champions George Town suffered their second consecutive defeat on Sunday March 29 in the Dominos Pizza Men’s Basketball League as they were humbled 83-72 by the DHL Wolves.

Then again most fans are aware GTSC is a notoriously slow starter that bounces back to win when it matters most.

It should be noted that GTSC has not suffered two consecutive matches before. The road doesn’t look any less bumpy for George Town. They took on team Colombia last Thursday and Tarheels yesterday evening.

One thing is for certain though. They’ll need to stay focused on defense and passing. In their first two games they gave up 75 points on average.

In the loss to Wolves they managed only six assists the whole game. Last year’s men’s assists champion Kael Leslie had just one assist and U19 League assists specialist David Taylor had none.

From there George Town will need to limit big games from star players. The Wolves spread the wealth around but had starring roles from Gary McLaughlin with 24 points and 15 rebounds, Dwight O’Garro with 25 points and 9 rebounds and Earl Allen with 14 points and 8 rebounds.

To be fair GT has been in every game and much of that is due to the play of their stalwarts. Antonio Thompson lead the way in the last game with 22 points and 9 rebounds, Mike Morgan chipped in 14 points and 17 rebounds and Jonathan Mitchell added 12 points and 4 rebounds.

On the other end of the spectrum a division one newcomer is suffering growing pains.

Silver Bullets took down team Colombia 72-62 in a game where the Bullets showed their true strength.

Colombia earned their ticket into division one after skating through division two last season with an unblemished record. In the early going they are finding that playing with the big boys is not so easy.

With the DHL Wolves next up tomorrow night, Colombia has much to improve on with better clear-outs on the defensive boards being a crinkle to iron out.

Two division one games go off tomorrow night. At 6:15pm Colombia take on Wolves and at 7:50pm young stars Deandre Simpson, Kwei General and Josh Cotterell battle Collin Anglin, Omari Corbin, Kenval Bryant and the new-look team Shaolin.

Cayman Islands Basketball Association Technical Director Victor ‘Voot’ O’Garro is pleased with the level of play thus far.

‘No team is going to have an easy time of it this year. There are no favorites – all the teams are going full tilt for the trophy. There is a lot of talent on display and everyone wants to do their best.’

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