Future Sports Club has the ability to dominate.
They have young electric wingmen in Michael Blackburn and Jarrett Terry who can spot up and shoot or slash to the basket as good as anyone.
They have athletic big men in Nigel Ebanks and Bruce Reynolds who can put the ball on the floor and make shots away from the basket.
Moreover they have a deep bench with the likes of Danny Ebanks, Keith Farrington and Terry Ballard who are able to give noteworthy contributions.
All of those positives came to the fore last Monday as the side notched a big win over the Ritz Carlton Lions.
Both squads are in division two of the Domino’s Pizza Men’s Basketball League. The sides played at the Cayman Islands Basketball Court at 6pm.
Future came out shooting well early and quickly made the final result a foregone conclusion. By half-time the side enjoyed a 35-15 lead.
Their concentration waned in the third quarter though, especially on defense, as the Lions had a 24-15 edge. Future didn’t do much better in the fourth quarter as they gave the Lions a ray of hope with an 18-12 edge.
Ritz Carlton stayed in the game through wiping the glass and stretching the defense.
The Lions had a 48-44 edge on the boards and were especially impressive with offensive rebounds.
Their ability to post a 23-10 edge on the offensive boards allowed them plenty of second-chance scoring opportunities and limited Future’s transition points.
From there Ritz Carlton was a threat from beyond the arc. The Lions nailed home four shots from distance with Scott Powley and Robert Hebert each firing home a pair.
Then again Future kept them at arm’s length through gritty defense and extra passes.
Future would force 22 turnovers in the game and nab nine steals. All of their players challenged drives to the basket and made scoring a chore.
On the other end of the court Future took its time in the half-court. The side consistently passed the ball around from side to side and often found open shooters. The result would be nine easy assists.
However, when it was all said and done, the stars lead the way for both clubs.
For Future Nigel Ebanks had a solid double-double performance with 23 points and 12 rebounds. Jarrett Terry contributed nine points (including the team’s only two treys) and role player Davion Foster stepped up with nine points and eight rebounds.
Ritz Carlton countered with solid showings from three of their own players. Robert Hebert lead the way with 18 points and five rebounds, Mell Omier had a gutsy double-double outing with 12 points and 13 rebounds and Fred Jackson chipped in 10 points and nine rebounds.
Tonight both squads look to replicate their bright spots against tough competition. At 6:15pm Ritz Carlton takes on division frontrunners Digicel Broadband before Future looks to stomp out the Rock Hole Fyah Ants at 7:50pm.
Digicel are fresh off an impressive 68-62 win over Esso Blazers B last Monday. Digicel came out on top with points pouring in from many sources.
Mike Diamond lead the assault with 21 points and three rebounds, unsung contributor Michael Lubin had 15 points and 13 rebounds and role player Stewart Connelly did well with 14 points (including two impressive treys).
Their defense though will look to improve. The side gave up 37 points, 15 rebounds and nine steals to Esso stars Brandon Glasgow and Bruce Thompson.