The DHL Wolves were seemingly a team of destiny in 2009.
After enduring consecutive unsuccessful playoff campaigns the Wolves are finally top of the heap.
DHL capped off a fabulous year on Sunday by sweeping the Esso Blazers in Domino’s Pizza Men’s Basketball League division one finals.
The Wolves took down the Blazers 99-89 in game three at the Cayman islands Basketball Association Court off Eastern Avenue. DHL took the best-of-five series 3-0.
Both teams were fresh off an over-time thriller on Thursday night that Esso lost essentially on free throw shooting.
On Sunday free shooting did play a role but poise was the overall determining factor.
Both teams brought their shooting touch combining for 92 points by half-time. However the Wolves controlled the battle of the boards early and had an eight point lead at the break.
The second half would remain a tight affair though the Wolves’ lead would only grow. By the fourth quarter, with the lead upwards of 12 points, the Wolves clearly had the game in hand. It was only through a lack of focus that the final score was close.
A big reason why the Wolves prevailed in game three was the play of their role players. Unheralded talents Shawn Smith and Earl ‘Barbosa’ Allen combined for 23 points, eight rebounds and three treys.
Team captain Andres Kirchman also stepped up in a big way with 13 points and eight rebounds.
Smith, who won the all-star three-point shoot-out competition, put the dagger in many times for the Wolves with a quick and accurate release.
Allen was his usual athletic self as he chipped in on the boards and with his jump shooting. He gave the kind of hustle that would make NBA star Leandro Barbosa proud.
Esso meanwhile never gave up and the stats sheet was certainly encouraging. Samuel O’Garro had 24 points and 10 rebounds, Perry Levy had 20 points, Kevin Maxwell had 14 points and Rotando Thompson had 12 points and nine rebounds.