Unbeaten Maples shoot ahead

A lot of sports leagues normally grace Cayman leading up to Christmas.

One group that has gone under the radar is the 2009 Cayman Islands Basketball Association Corporate Basketball League.

Tonight sees its fourth round of matches in the five week regular season. A trio of games takes place at the Arts and Recreation Centre at Camana Bay.

At 6pm the Cayman Islands Monetary Authority takes on Maples and Calder. Then at 7:30pm Walkers takes on KPMG with Maples Finance and Department of Youth and Sports doing battle at roughly 8:40pm.

Riding high atop the standings has been unbeaten Maples Finance. Under the leadership of sports luminary Ovaine Monteith the side has allowed just 139 points (second fewest in the league).

Maples have also held its own on the offensive end with 153 points scored. The team added to that total last Monday when it took down Walkers 62-57.

Leading the way for Maples in that game were Andrew Wisdom with 19 points and Ovaine Monteith with 15 points.

Walkers in fact are second in the league behind a juggernaut offense that has scored 198 points. Key to their scoring is a collection of local sports figures such as Brad Conolly, Perry Levy and Lisa Hoyte.

In spite of losing to Maples last time out Walkers saw Kevin Maxwell led all scorers with 20 points while Antonio Hanna had 16 points.

KPMG sit third on percentage points at 2-1. Their defense has been second to none with a league-low 87 points allowed.

In their last game the side kept Maples and Calder to just 33 points with under 20 points allowed in each half.

KPMG has some clout on offense too as Chad Leslie was top scorer with 20 points while Gregg Arnold had 17 points.

Falling into fourth are defending champions Youth and Sports at 2-1 as well. The team has been average on both ends with 150 points scored and the same amount allowed.

The team just got by the Monetary Authority in its last game 73-63. To no surprise Collin Anglin produced a season-high 41 points with Kenval Bryan chipping in 11 points.

Speaking of the Monetary Authority they sit fourth without a win on the season. A lack of discipline on defense (the side has allowed a league-high 193 points) is the reason.

Their last game saw a solid offensive effort though as Kwei General had 21 points while William Peguero Jr and Josh Cotterell both had 13 points.

In the cellar at the moment is Maples and Calder at 0-3. Nothing stands out about the side statistically with 151 points scored and 183 points allowed.

What is shocking is the level of talent and basketball IQ on the side with the likes of Shawn Pitterson, Keisha Terry and Jermaine Myles.

At least the team saw some good offensive effort last time out as Rotando Thompson was top scorer with 14 points while Ruben Smith has 11 points.

The last regular season games take place next Monday from 6pm at the ARC in Camana Bay.

From there comes the playoffs on December 7 and the championship match on December 14.