Home Gas hopes go up in flames

One of the better clubs this season
in women’s basketball was the Home Gas Flames.

Yet the club came up short of the
championship game in the Cayman Islands Real Estate Brokers Association
National Women’s Basketball League.

Home Gas lost their opening round
encounter with the Silver Bullets 53-45 at the Arts and Recreation Center
last Thursday.

Scimone Campbell was the main Bullet
to burn out the Flames with 16 points, eight rebounds, five assists and five
steals. Annique Holness gave Campbell
plenty of support with 11 points, seven rebounds and three steals.

For Home Gas the main contributor
was Cassiane Lawrence who posted 13 points, 12 rebounds and five steals. Lauri
Webster stepped up with 11 points, nine rebounds and three assists.

Thursday’s loss was a big blow to a
team that finished second to Dominos in the regular season standings and in
team defense (allowing 476 points).

Many Home Gas players were upset
about falling short and one of them was Wendy Manzanares.

“The game wasn’t all that great,”
Manzanares said. “They dominated the boards and killed us on fast breaks. It
was such a struggle to come back in the second half. I was upset and disappointed.

“To be fair we did get up a lot of
shots. But they really pushed the ball up on us. Their strategy was better,
they were a lot fitter and they ended up with the win.”

Home Gas weren’t the only team sent
home last Thursday as Dominos dismissed Welly’s 51-36.

Manzanares has been with the Flames
(formerly Esso Blazettes) for over two seasons. For her the frustration is multiplied
by falling short of a title.

“A lot of us are really upset.
Season after season we would be runner-ups and never make it to the title game.
Though it may be heart-breaking we aren’t giving up. Next season we plan to
recruit more players and look at our needs.”

In the meantime Manzanares will focus
on game two of the women’s final. Dominos lead Silver Bullets 1-0 after winning
by 36 points in game one. Like many onlookers her bet is squarely on Dominos.

“I respect Dominos. They have
chemistry and talent and they train several times a week. They are the
favourites to win.”