Winning a championship means everything in team sports.
Those that win can claim to be among the best ever while those that lose have to struggle to find solace.
Samuel O’Garro and the Esso Blazers came up short this year to Dwight O’Garro and the DHL Wolves in the division one finals of the Domino’s Pizza Men’s Basketball League.
In fact O’Garro and company would be swept, losing three straight in the five-game series.
However Sammy can take some comfort in the fact that statistically he was the best player in all of local basketball.
After the finals the league confirmed that statement as O’Garro won many season awards.
In the assists category Samuel O’Garro was the champ with 75 assists. Sandi Jiminez of Colombia was second with 62 and Collin Anglin of Shaolin was third with 54 dishes.
Points-wise, Collin Anglin emerged the scoring champ with 309 points. Jonathan Corpus of Colombia was second with 269 and O’Garro was third with 260 buckets.
Sammy would be crowned the rebounding champ with 143 boards, Omari Corbin of Shaolin was second with 142 and Dwight O’Garro was third with 141 rebounds.
Samuel O’Garro was also no slouch on defense. He had 65 steals and 11 blocks and was named the best defensive player.
Earl Allen of DHL was second in the voting with 43 steals and 11 blocks and Omari Corbin was third with 16 steals and 36 blocks.
Most improved player of the year would be Rotando Thompson of Esso. Thompson played a big part in Esso’s run to the final with his inside presence and improved low-post moves.
Rookie of the year went to Jonathan Corpus of Colombia. In addition to finishing second in scoring, Corpus guided team Colombia to a playoff berth in its first season in division one after it was promoted from division two.
Gary ‘Butcher’ McLaughlin won the finals MVP averaging 27 points and 10 boards a game for the champion DHL Wolves.
With such excellence on both sides of the court it was no surprise Sammy O’Garro would be named league MVP.
For the second straight season O’Garro averaged 23.6 points, 13 rebounds, 6.8 assists and 6.8 steals per game. He would also post the first quadruple-double (getting in double figures in four statistical categories in a game) in league history.