Many things contribute to a repeat title in sports. Strength of schedule, star players and great coaching are some possibilities.
However for the Department of Youth and Sports experience and team chemistry was their key factors.
The squad secured its fourth straight Corporate Basketball League title recently when it took down Maples Finance 72-71.
It would not be easy for Youth and Sports as they needed last minute free throw attempts at the Arts and Recreation Center at Camana Bay.
Among the key people in the game for Youth and Sports was Collin Anglin. Arguably Cayman’s best hoopster for years he showed no sign of age as his jump shooting netted him 25 points.
Anglin talked about how the final went in his eyes.
‘We were leading comfortably most of the way. In the second half we slowed things down because of having a short bench. We only had six players for the game so we tried to catch a breather somewhat.
‘However we let Maples back in the game as they are more suited to the slower pace. Andrew Wisdom certainly put pressure on us in the paint.
‘But we came through and got our fifth title in six years. I guess you can say we’re a corporate basketball dynasty.’
Throughout the course of its dynasty the squad has seen little changes.
The biggest changes this year were the departure of Vanrick Felix and Victor ‘Voot’ O’Garro and the arrival of Dionne Anglin and Joel Jefferson.
Aside from Collin Anglin the core of the team has been Kenval Bryan, Daniel Augustine, Phillip Wilson, James Myles and Redver Ebanks for the men with Molly-Ann Moore and Merta Day being mainstays for the women.
That continuity and familiarity has translated into wins as the team ends the 2009 campaign riding a six game winning streak.
Redver Ebanks credits that streak to wisdom.
‘We have lots of experienced athletes and basketball players. With age comes wisdom and that’s what we use to beat teams.’
Ultimately Collin Anglin sees more success for the team next season.
‘Every year teams are gunning for us yet we’ve only lost like four games in six years. We always seem to survive because of our experience and next year I expect more of the same.’