Esso still blazing

Digicel may be the frontrunners but Esso are hot on their trail.

In division two of the Domino’s Pizza Men’s Basketball League team Esso Blazers B are right near the top.

Coming into this week the squad was in second place with just one loss on the season.

Esso have excelled in large part due to a powerful offense that has scored the most points in the division (344).

Moreover the squad is blessed with some of Cayman’s best up and coming young hoops talents.

Brandon Glasgow leads the team in scoring averaging 21.2 points per game and is third in rebounding at 8.2rpg. The lengthy wingman always gives defenses fits with his leaping ability and silky touch from the perimeter.

In second is big man Bruce Thompson (known for his days as a star in the U19 League). Thompson averages 15.8 points while leading the side in rebounds averaging 12.4 boards. Thompson’s height serves him well inside but it is his ball-handling skills that opens up room for his mid-range game.

Thereafter is one of the most unsung young players in Michael Daley. Daley has averaged a solid 11.6ppg and has been a force driving to the hole.

Daley’s quickness and streaky jump-shooting made him a key part of the Esso Blazers team that recently won the U19 championship (along with his team-mate Glasgow).

In addition Esso has enjoyed a solid supporting cast. Daryl Paddyfoot is a developing young big man who attacks the board relentlessly (second in rebounds with 10.5rpg). His offensive skills have not shined as yet but his presence inside serves the team well. Fellow big man Stefan Bodden also holds his own inside and has proven he does his best work on the defensive end.

From there the team boasts a trio of solid wingmen in Stephen Babb, Simeon Stewartson and Jonathan Allen. Their collective speed and defensive intensity reaps benefits night in and night out.