Indoor hoops saw great intensity

The end of the women’s indoor league marks the culmination of the opening phase of indoor basketball.

Over the last three months hoops has sought out the pristine facility that is the Arts and Recreation Center at Camana Bay.

There basketball has held a trio of indoor leagues, a camp featuring the Orlando Magic and the Rodney Bodden memorial three-on-three tournament.

The indoor leagues saw some tense games and the results were quite surprising for the most part.

Shaolin won the division one crown with a 57-47 win over the Esso Blazers in the finals.

Starring for Shaolin were Sebastian Sache, Omari Corbin and Cory Thompson (who also organized the Rodney Bodden tournament).

Esso were the overwhelming favourites after going unbeaten in the eight-game regular season. Shaolin meanwhile had a losing record (3-5).

Division two may not have received much public props but in hindsight some great games went under the radar.

The Derek Bogle Insurance Warriors capped off a wonderful introduction to local basketball with a 69-65 win over the more established Digicel Broadband a few weeks ago.

Bruce Thompson had a finals MVP performance with 19 points, six rebounds and six assists for the Warriors.

Giving him support were Bruce Reynolds with 13 points, six rebounds and seven assists and flag football quarterback Chris Lebeau with 14 points.

Digicel meanwhile had solid performances from Mike Diamond (23 points, six rebounds), Stewart Connelly (15 points, eight rebounds) and Michael Lubin (12 points, eight rebounds).

The Warriors win was an upset of sorts as the team finished second (5-4) in the regular season to Digicel (6-3).

However a closer look at the team shows most of the players have played in the men’s national division two league with Esso B.

Among the notable faces on the Warriors were Darryl Paddyfoot, Naldo Douglas and Arthur Bogle.

The next major competition for local basketball is the national U19 boys and girls leagues in the next two weeks.

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