Tarheels want credibility back

Years ago the Wendy’s Tarheels were
a feared team in local basketball. The last two seasons Wendy’s have only been
a fraction of their former greatness in division one.

With victories having been hard to
come by last season it is a step that Wendy’s blew out the Esso Blazers for
their first win.

The Tarheels nabbed a 101-67
victory over last year’s finalists on Sunday at the Arts and Recreation Center
at Camana Bay. The victory is Wendy’s first of the
season while Esso are winless so far.

Even with the loss props go to big
man Kevin Maxwell who showed good footwork inside. Also new Esso big man Bruce
Reynolds (formerly of Future Sports Club in division two) displayed a solid
game.

Clearly the Tarheels benefited from
the new enthusiasm of all of its major acquisitions in Mike Morgan (who played
for George Town Sports Club last season), Jermaine Myles (former Blazers
swingman) and U19 hoops stars Tikko Moore, David Terry and Patrick Barnes.

Long-time Wendy’s player Ovaine
Monteith earned some minutes in Sunday’s blow-out. By and large he saw the new
recruits get plenty of playing time and an opportunity to show Wendy’s could
return to former glory this year.

“I’m pleased with the victory and
we’re certainly encouraging the younger guys to step up and take over,”
Monteith said. “They have all made a difference, especially Patrick with his
ball-handling skills.

“It’s good to get that first win
because it’s a relief to get it out of the way. We got everyone together,
practiced well and showed we can compete.”

Looking at the standings the road
back to respectability is not so long for Wendy’s. The side is sixth and tied
with team Philippines at 1-2 and a game behind 2-1 Silver Bullets for fourth.

Philippines lost in the first game
on Sunday by a score of 97-81 to the Silver Bullets. The result is Monteith feels
Wendy’s can be in the playoff discussion by week 14.

“We have a good combination of
young guys and older players,” Monteith said. “The young guys really play a big
part for us. There are strong teams ahead of us but we can claim third or
fourth. It’s all about us coming together as a team.”

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Barnes (7) and Moore (13) are key additions.
Photo: Matthew Yates
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