Ritz limp in as Future fall out

Summer is a busy time for sports as seasons are both beginning and ending.

Basketball has been especially hectic with the NBA playoffs reaching their conclusion and local hoops in the midst of their own post-season.

Monday saw the final game of the 2009 regular season for division two of the Domino’s Pizza Men’s Basketball League.

Four of the division’s five teams were in action looking to solidify or in some cases gain a playoff berth.

Action began at 6:15pm at the Cayman Islands Basketball Association Court off Eastern Avenue.

In the first match division front-runner Digicel Broadband wrapped up an undefeated season in a close encounter. The side just beat playoff hopeful Ritz Carlton Lions 57-55.

Veteran guard Gavin McMaster lead Digicel with 18 points (including a long-range bomb). Michael Burbidge chipped in with nine points and 15 rebounds. Michael Lubin was an active presence on the boards with 13 boards to go with his five points.

Digicel won the game essentially in the third quarter where they had the biggest edge of the night, going into the fourth up by seven points.

Rebounding loomed large for Digicel as they had the rebounding edge over Ritz 49-38.

However Ritz stayed in the game through four treys and an active defense that forced 24 turnovers while nabbing 15 steals and six blocks.

Offensively the Lions had plenty of offense courtesy of Fred Jackson (19 points, nine rebounds, five steals), Robert Hebert (17 points, four rebounds) and Earny Atily (14 points, five steals and four rebounds).

With the Lions’ loss the door was open for Future Sports Club to sneak their way into the playoffs.

Going into Monday the team had just one win on the year in spite of star players like Michael Blackburn and Jarrett Terry.

However Future could not capitalize, losing to the Rock Hole Fyah Ants 58-55. Rock Hole crushed Future’s playoff hopes in large part due to their three point touch (making four treys to just one).

In addition news reporter Kenneth Bryan had arguably his best game of the season. Bryan posted 17 points and six rebounds to lead the Fyah Ants.

Future countered with a stand-out game from role player Marquis Anglin. The big man had 17 points and nine rebounds.

The playoffs for the division are set and get going tomorrow night. At 6:15pm number one seed Digicel take on Ritz while number two seed Esso Blazers B faces Rock Hole at 7:50pm.