Tonight marks a golden chance for the Walkers basketball team.
A win at 6:30pm would give them the regular season title in the Cayman Islands Basketball Association Corporate Basketball League.
Coming into tonight’s contest at the Arts and Recreation Center at Camana Bay Walkers sits atop the standings with one loss in four games.
The squad’s latest victory came last Monday over team KPMG 59-53. Walkers were consistent on the offensive end pouring in 30 and 29 points in the first and second half.
A narrow 62-57 defeat at the hands of Maples Finance is their lone blemish on the short season.
Some of the key players for Walkers have been local sportsman Perry Levy, hustling forward Horace Walters and flag football star Brad Connolly.
All have to be on target from the perimeter tonight to add to their league-high of 257 points scored.
Their opponents tonight are no pushover however in defending league champions the Department of Youth and Sports.
Armed with sharp shooters Collin Anglin and Daniel Augustine the side comes in 3-1 as well. A win for them and they could very well take the regular season crown away.
The side has stepped up offensively of late and the result has been stellar showings. Arguably their most powerful performance came last Monday when the team decimated previously unbeaten Maples Finance 86-48.
Stats-wise the Youth and Sports club have a better defense than Walkers (originating largely from Anglin, a huge defensive tactician).
Thus the game comes down to who can put the most runs together and keep the biggest lead.
In spite of last week’s drubbing Maples Finance are still in the title picture at 3-1. They are also in action tonight against Maples and Calder at 7:30pm, who are eager to nab the fourth and final playoff seed ahead of KPMG.
Maples and Calder could pull off the upset but they will have to jump start an offense that has scored only 171 points thus far (which averages out to about 42 points a game).
Realistically the only chance Maples Finance rebounds from last week with a win is if Ovaine Monteith can rally his troops to out-rebound and out-hustle the likes of Jermaine Myles, Elroy Allen and Shawn Pitterson.
The final match of the evening also has playoff implications as KPMG takes on the Cayman Islands Monetary Authority at 8:30pm.
Chad Leslie is undoubtedly the most gifted player on the KPMG side and to keep his club’s playoff hopes alive he has to lead by example. If he can replicate the 20 point showing he had against Maples and Calder then the team is certainly in good shape.
Meanwhile the Monetary Authority has their hands full trying to crack, statistically, the league’s best defense (KPMG has allowed a league-low 146 points thus far).
Then again the authority has enough talent in Kwei General, William Peguero Jr and Josh Cotterell to pull off their first win of the season.
Once tonight’s games are in the books the playoffs get under way next Monday with a pair of semi-final games starting from 6:15pm.
The league final is slated to take place on Monday December 14 at 6:15pm.