Bullets hope to fly straight

This week is a critical one for the Silver Bullets.

With two games against some of local hoops best teams their playoff spot hangs in the balance.

The squad plays in division one of the Domino’s Pizza Men’s Basketball League.

On Sunday things did not go as planned for the club as they dropped a close game to George Town Sports Club 55-64.

George Town had slim leads at the end of every quarter except the third quarter where Bullets came away with a two point edge.

A lack of three-point shooting and an excessive amount of turnovers sealed the Bullets’ fate. The squad managed no treys in the game while George Town dialled in eight shots from distance as William Peguero, Jonathan Mitchell and Antonio Thompson each had a pair.

From there the Bullets were swarmed with the ball and could not make good decisions under pressure. That fact showed up most as evidenced by their 33 turnovers plus George Town’s ability to nab 15 steals and five blocks.

By game’s end George Town had plenty of offense from their stars as Antonio Thompson had 17 points, nine rebounds and five assists while Jonathan Mitchell had 12 points, 15 rebounds and two blocks.

Meanwhile the Bullets had a good mix of veteran and young leadership as Deandre Simpson had 17 points, 15 rebounds and three steals while Vanrick Felix had 13 points and seven rebounds.

Tonight the squad has another big test as they square off with league frontrunners the DHL Wolves. The Wolves boast arguably the league’s best defense while sporting a powerful offense lead by Gary ‘Butcher’ McLaughlin and Dwight O’Garro.

The game has added importance in the standings. Coming into tonight the Bullets were fourth in the league and mere percentage points behind team Shaolin while being just ahead of team Colombia.

Colombia has a tall order tonight as well as it does battle with league powerhouse Esso Blazers. Jonathan Corpus has lead the Colombians well but he will have his hands full trying to weave his way past the three-headed defensive monster of Bosko Tomzsezik, Rotando Thompson and Perry Levy.

A win for the Bullets keeps them squarely in playoff contention while a loss opens the door even wider for defending champs George Town to get back to the postseason.

Expect the Bullets to rely on big men Deandre Simpson and Collin Bodden and guards Adam Milburn and Vanrick Felix tonight. A key in the game (and for the rest of the season) will be the play of Kwei General. General’s ability to lead fast-breaks and shoot well in transition can make all the difference.