Every good hoops team has to have three crucial components.
Offense may win games but defense, rebounding and passing win championships.
In Cayman that is borne out in the reign of George Town Sports Club.
The four-time defending champions have built a dynasty on their ability to hold opponents in check, clean the glass and find the open man in either the half court or transition.
Now, with their backs against the wall, the squad needs those attributes to show even more in the waning days of local basketball’s regular season.
The playoffs for division one of the Domino’s Pizza Men’s Basketball League are less than two weeks away on May 19.
At the moment George Town has a losing record and is two spots down from the fourth and final playoff spot. Ahead of them are Silver Bullets, Colombia and their opponents tonight team Shaolin.
At 6:15pm at the Cayman Islands Basketball Association Court George Town will look to leap-frog Shaolin in the standings.
A win tonight for George Town will depend on the performances of key players, learning from past games and on the whole playing true to form.
First of all George Town’s stars have to shine. Antonio Thompson and Mike Morgan, as they often do, have to give their all on both ends of the court. Jonathan Mitchell has to have a good shooting stroke and Jason Campbell has to keep active hands while passing and on defense.
From there key contributions need to be made from Eckerd McField and Kael Leslie. McField is the epitome of hustle and good things happen when he throws caution to the wind. Leslie (last year’s men’s assists champion) has to keep looking for his team-mates and patiently let the game come to him.
From there George Town have to watch out for Collin Anglin and Omari Corbin. In their earlier match on April 9 (which GT won 88-80) Anglin went off for 35 points while Corbin had a phenomenal game with 10 points, 13 rebounds and six blocks.
Granted George Town won anyway and it is a tall order to stop those guys but certainly Coach Theresa Hamil would like to see her squad prevent the duo from posting similar numbers.
Possibly the answer lies in a tight zone. The squad recently implemented a 3-2 zone (albeit a loose one) against Colombia to great effect. The offense sputtered in the second half and GT won by nine.
At the same time George Town has to do what they do best. Against Shaolin they passed the ball better (11 assists to six), had a significant rebounding edge (42 boards to 35) and stroked the ball (10 treys made to five).