Digicel top of the rings

The Digicel Demons continue to be
one of the best sides in division two of local basketball. Coming into this
week the side is still unbeaten.

Digicel’s unbeaten mark is on the
line again on Wednesday against Future Sports Club at 8:15pm. The match takes
place at the Arts and Recreation Centre at Camana Bay after the Derek Bogle
Insurance Warriors and Rock Hole Fire Ants tangle at 6:30pm.

In their last game the Demons just
beat Rock Hole 67-66. As he has been all season, forward Stewart Connelly was
the again the top man for Digicel with 18 points (including four
three-pointers) and two steals).

Connelly had help from Jonathan
Rosa who posted 13 points, 12 rebounds and two steals. Both had a tough time
defensively with the Rock Hole players, who put up good numbers.

Maxwell Linwood was the top scorer
with 17 points, four rebounds, four assists and four steals. Alton Williams had
16 points (plus three treys), seven rebounds and two steals. Leroy Stewart had
15 points, seven rebounds and two blocks.

A former professional basketball
player in his native Australia,
Connelly summed up his take on the season thus far.

“We have been playing against the
same players for 4-5 years now and the development and skill level of many of
them has increased,” Connelly said. “This season is sure to be the most
competitive. Credit must be given for the move indoors which will surely help
develop local talent and benefit local kids enough to use basketball as a vehicle
to a college education.

“I have had chronic knee and ankle
problems however I have rehabbed my knees and ankles to a point that the pain
is OK during a game.”

On Wednesday Digicel will more than
likely be in for another close game. Their opponents Future missed out on
retaining their third place spot with a disappointing 60-59 loss to the Ritz
Carlton Lions.

Nigel Ebanks had another great game
for Future with 24 points (including three treys) and seven rebounds. Keon
Bodden stepped up with 15 points, including three treys.

Ritz Carlton meanwhile were led by Earny Atily (13
points, four rebounds, three steals), Scott Powley (12 points, three rebounds
and two steals) and Mel Omier (11 points, six boards and two steals).

Against Future, Digicel will have
to watch for Nigel Ebanks, Michael Blackburn and Rashad Powery-Saunds. Ebanks
is the heart of the team on offense, Blackburn
is primed to improve on his nine turnovers and 2-13 showing from the free-throw
line against the Lions and Powery-Saunds is among the best defensive players (13
boards, two steals and a blocked shot against Ritz Carlton).

In spite of their recent loss, Connelly
still regards Future as a threat on the same level as the second place Grand
Pavilion Shockwaves.

“Future have plenty of talented
players like Nigel Ebanks who can hit three-pointers every game. They are like
the Shockwaves, who played with great intensity and really harassed our ball
handlers in the backcourt. The Shockwaves have some really talented players who,
with a little more focus, could definitely turn that intensity into wins and
challenge any team.”