Bullets gain ground

Colombia continue to surge through the Dominos Pizza Men’s Basketball League with a win over first place DHL Wolves on Sunday at the court off Eastern Avenue.

Despite the 70-62 loss, Wolves will retain their first place status in the league standings. The win puts Colombia in a stronger position to go into the final four.

Wolves surrendered their first quarter lead by making repeated mistakes that gave Colombia the edge. Colombia also dominated the boards with 62 rebounds, compared to 31 for Wolves. The man who controlled the boards was Byron Bravo, who earned a game-high of 20 rebounds.

Coach of Wolves Duran ‘Trini’ Whittaker said that with the team set for the play-offs, he gave some of his bench players more time on the court.

‘There is nothing that we can do at this stage that would keep us from the playoffs,’ he said. We will have the number one seed going into the play-offs. This is not to take anything away from Colombia because they did a good job.’

Jonathan Corpus led with 27 points and four rebounds for Colombia. Byron Bravo added 15 points and 20 rebounds. Charles Forbes added 11 points and 14 rebounds.

Top performers for Wolves were Gary McLaughlin with 13 points and 9 rebounds. Earl Allen also added 13 points, along with 5 blocks and 5 steals.

Meanwhile the Silver Bullets shot down Shaolin’s desperate bid for victory.

The Bullets clipped Shaolin 89-81 in the first game of the evening with an energetic performance.

In the second half, Shaolin’s lacklustre performance was no match for Silver Bullets who succeeded in limiting top scorer Collin Anglin and his touches on the ball.

While Silver Bullets were only able to score 33 points during the first half, they nearly doubled their scoring rate in the second.

In fact, Silver Bullets reversed a 13-point deficit in the third quarter when Adam Milburn fired home a couple of clutch three point shots.

Silver Bullets’ main man Josh Cotterell was the top scorer with 22 points. Deandre Simpson had a well-rounded performance with 20 points, 16 rebounds and 5 steals. Daniel Augustine also added 13 points and 5 assists.

For Shaolin, Collin Anglin led with 25 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Jerome Narcisse (in his first game of the season) added 20 points and 11 rebounds. Sebastian Sasche added 12 points.

National Basketball Technical director Victor ‘Voot’ O’Garro said that it is coming down to the wire for teams in the league.

‘Shaolin needs to win the next two games and defeat George Town Sports Club by more than eight points in order to make it to the playoffs. Right now the only secure spot in the playoff is the Wolves; whereas Esso Blazers, Silver Bullets, Colombia, Shaolin and GTSC all need to win their games.

‘It looks like it will come down to head to head results because I believe there will be at least two teams tied in standings when this is all over.’