George Town won’t give up

George Town Sports Club has plenty of fight left on the court.

The four-time defending champions may be on the outside looking in for a playoff spot but their talent and determination is unquestionable.

Coming into this week George Town (which plays in division one of the Domino’s Pizza Men’s Basketball League) was sixth in the standings with a losing record and two spots down from the fourth and final playoff spot.

The two teams ahead of them are last year’s finalist team Shaolin and a new and improved Silver Bullets team.

George Town is still in the hunt thanks to an unsung defense. Their defensive stars like Eckerd McField and Jason Campbell have lead the squad to allow the second fewest points in the division (544).

On the other end of the court their star trio of Antonio Thompson, Jonathan Mitchell and Mike Morgan have posted solid numbers as the GT offense has held its own.

Arguably one of the big reasons GT is struggling is due to changes in team chemistry, chiefly many changes to the roster.

Stars Phillip Barnes, Jorge Ebanks, Lloyd Samuels and Ariel Whittaker have been away at school for most of the season.

Samuels played his first game of the season last Thursday and the others will see their first action in the next few games.

In their place have been plenty of unheralded talent in U19 Boys league star David Taylor, last year’s men’s league assists champion Kael Leslie and a pair of fresh faces on the local hoops scene in William Peguero Jr (known for his exploits in flag football) and Byron Powell.

Against a tough Colombia squad (who are a solid third in the standings) many positives could be seen. George Town played solid half-court defense, Jonathan Mitchell steadied the offense with solid shooting and Mike Morgan was a force inside the paint.

George Town has to see those positives continue to get into the playoffs. Tonight they can keep the momentum going against the Wendy’s Tarheels. Wendy’s have languished in the division cellar and with their last games against Shaolin and Esso George Town must win.

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