Wolves roar ahead

Much of Cayman spent Easter weekend relaxing.

In the run-up to camping or travelling many locals hit the shops in force prior to Good Friday.

However a select few went to work on the hard-court before taking the Easter break.

Thursday saw a pair of games in division one of the Domino’s Pizza Men’s Basketball League at the Cayman Islands Basketball Association Court off Eastern Avenue from 6:15pm.

The DHL Wolves just got by the Wendy’s Tarheels 47-46 before George Town Sports Club got an impressive 88-80 win over team Shaolin.

The Wolves seemed to be in control in the first half jumping out to a 27-11 lead by halftime.

The Tarheels though cam back in a big way in the second half, outscoring the Wolves 23-10 in the third quarter and 12-10 in the fourth.

The Tarheels got back in the game mainly through long-range shooting and rebounding. The side nailed three shots from behind the arc with guard Al Nixon making two.

Meanwhile Wendy’s had a 40-36 edge on the boards and had the advantage in both offensive and defensive rebounds.

Yet the Tarheels failed to pull off the upset in large part due to poor form at the charity stripe. The side shot just 41 percent from the line in the game and missed seven free throws in the final minutes.

When it was all said and done the Wolves stood firm on defense. Granted they lapsed in the second half but they had the most blocks (5-2) and steals (22-12) while forcing the most turnovers (24).

Through it all DHL were lead by local sportsman Carson Fagan. Fagan, known more for his talent with a ball by his feet than in his hands, posted 21 points and five steals.

Fagan would have support from unsung hero Earl Allen who had 11 points, 15 rebounds and three steals.

Wendy’s would counter with Omar Clarke posting a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds while Al Nixon chipped in 11 points and three steals.

Star forward Ransford Welcome did not put up big numbers but played well in lengthy spurts. In spite of extra attention from the defense the flag football star posted nine points and nine rebounds.

In the other game points came in bunches from the start as the clubs combined for 77 points at half-time.

The key quarter in the game would be the third as George Town had a 27-19 edge and went into the final quarter with a 16 point lead.

The three biggest reasons why George Town won were through shooting well, making the extra pass and attacking the glass.

The club nailed 10 treys in the game with Jonathan Mitchell setting the pace with four shots from distance. Shaolin were no slouch themselves nailing five three-pointers.

However George Town’s persistence from downtown made the defense attack the perimeter, opening up the middle for the big men.

That fact would allow making the extra pass and racking up assists to be easy and simple. As a result GT nearly doubled up Shaolin (11-6) in that statistical category.

To seal Shaolin’s fate, GT hounded the boards nabbing the overall edge in rebounds (42-35) and coming up huge in grabbing missed shots (19 offensive boards to 10 for Shaolin).

GT enjoyed getting points production from many players. Captain and dynamic scorer Antonio Thompson lead the way with 21 points (including three treys) and 10 rebounds. Jonathan Mitchell had 19 points and 10 rebounds and Mike Morgan had 14 points and nine rebounds. Role player Byron Powell stepped up in a big way with nine points and 11 rebounds.

For Shaolin Collin Anglin lead the way with 35 points (including two three pointers), four steals and four assists. Christian Ferrer had a big game with 15 points (including three long-range bombs) and three steals. Kenvall Bryan had 13 points and seven rebounds and Omari Corbin had 10 points, 13 rebounds and six blocks.

The next slate of matches is this Sunday. Shaolin looks to rebound from their loss against Colombia at 6:15pm while GT hopes to keep their momentum going as they take on a tough Silver Bullets side at 7:50pm.

For the latest information and statistics on all local basketball, visit www.caymanbasketball.org.

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