Blazers will need to be on fire against tough Filipinos

Division one of Cayman’s national
men’s basketball league is back in action indoors.

The Arts and Recreation Centre at
Camana Bay sees two games on Thursday April 29. At 6:30pm the Dominos Warriors
clash with another unbeaten side in the Wolves. At 8:15pm the Esso Blazers go
for their first win against team Philippines.

 Dominos and Wolves are the last two undefeated
teams in the league. Collin Anglin has had an explosive supporting cast while
the Wolves have had strong starts from Gary
“Butcher” McLaughlin and Dwight O’Garro.

Aside from a struggle to claim
bragging rights as the last unbeaten side, Thursday’s match could very well be
an early preview of a playoff match.

In spite of losing last year’s
finals to the Wolves, Esso have come out flat. The Blazers are tied for last
place with a defence that has hampered no one. On offense Kevin Maxwell could
use more touches.

Team Philippines meanwhile are
competitive at 1-2 and have good shooters like Ding Briones.

It is only week four of the 14
week-season but the contenders are already breaking away from the pack. As
technical director for Cayman basketball Victor “Voot” O’Garro states the surprise
has been that Esso is not among the better teams.

“The competition on a whole is
going well and at this level you can’t count out anyone yet,” O’Garro said.
“However Esso are a disappointment. Some of their players are abroad and
hopefully when they return they can contend. More than likely though, it will
be a short season for the Blazers.

“At this point Dominos and Wolves
are the strongest teams and a notch above the rest. However, next month a lot
of our college athletes will return. They should make a big difference,
especially for a team like Silver Bullets.”

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