KPMG upset depends on Leslie

A wise person once said it’s not how you start but how you finish.

That saying proves true in life, sports and the world of basketball. Tonight could bear that out in the world of corporate hoops.

The playoffs of the 2009 Corporate Basketball League tip off at 6:15pm at the Arts and Recreation Center at Camana Bay.

Maples Finance (who won the regular season crown) tangles with KPMG before the Department of Youth and Sports battles Walkers at 7:30pm.

All had various and intriguing runs to the post-season. Under the watchful eye of Ovaine Monteith Maples marched through much of the season as the undisputed favourites.

Then the squad suffered a 38-point beat-down at the hands of Youth and Sports before rebounding to thrash Maples and Calder 74-39 in the season finale last Monday.

KPMG on the other hand were a good team throughout. The side never really put together a streak of wins or losses and their opponents were never far from reach.

Their biggest win on the season was a 13 point victory over Maples and Calder in mid-November. Their biggest defeat came by six points at the hands of Walkers weeks ago.

In the other match-up the Department of Youth and Sports are arguably the hottest team in the league. After losing its first game on the season the side is flying high on a four-game win streak.

All of those victories have been impressive. In addition to destroying Maples Finance the great play of Merta Day, Molly-Ann Moore and company led to victories in their other three games by at least 10 points. The latest win was an 81-70 win over Walkers.

Speaking of Walkers the side has had its ups and downs this season. An early two-game win streak would eventually turn into a 3-2 record and a third place finish in the league.

Known for their high-powered offense Walkers’ best victories on the year arguably came when the game’s score stayed below 60 points per team.

In tonight’s match-ups a number of notable faces should play a big role. For Maples Finance ageless Ovaine Monteith is the sparkplug for the side.

If he gets in gear then the likes of Celester Anderson and Rachelle Peterson can feed off of him.

For KPMG a chance at an upset begins and ends with Chad Leslie. The slender big man is a proven talent as evidenced by his play in the national men’s league. He has all the tools to be a presence on both ends of the court and needs to be on point to motivate his team-mates.

To no surprise Collin Anglin is the key to Youth and Sports. Keeping the ball out of his hands on offense is the best way to prevent a repeat 40-plus point performance. What makes him so valuable is his ability to lead the defensive charge for guys like Redver Ebanks.

With Walkers its best and most experienced talents have to lead the way in Perry Levy and Brad Connolly. If they make great decisions then the door is open for guys like Antonio Hanna and Horace Walters to step up and lead an upset bid.