Leslies set to snuff out Blazers

The Bulls have had a good start and
are among the better teams in local basketball now.

Coming into this week the side
finds itself third in the standings for division one of the Cayman Islands
Basketball Association men’s basketball league and a game behind the top seeded
Wolves.

The Bulls will be back on display
on Thursday at the Arts and Recreation Centre at Camana Bay. At 8:15pm the side
faces an Esso Blazers team that is near the bottom of the league standings.

One of the keys in that match, and
throughout the season, will be the play of Kael Leslie and his first cousin
Chad Leslie (who is in the process of getting his name legally changed to Chad
Meixner).

Kael is the squad’s point guard and
undisputed leader. His emotions may be seen as an issue at times but his play
speaks volumes. Chad
meanwhile is the quiet, powerful big man in the middle at both ends of the
court.

Both were crucial in the squad’s
87-78 triumph over team Philippines last week. In spite of obvious displeasure
with the officiating Kael soared with 23 points and two assists. Chad meanwhile
had 15 points, nine rebounds and four steals.

In that game two other key players
rose to the fore. New recruit Curtis Wilson (who hails from the States) had a
phenomenal 27 points, 25 rebounds, six assists and six steals. Former youth
hoops star Stephen Shaw had 10 points and two boards.

For team Philippines Ding Briones
was the lone bright spot with 30 points, 12 rebounds and two steals. Filipino
star Marc Jocson had a quiet game with eight points, six assists and two
rebounds.

The other game on Thursday sees the
second place Dominos Warriors battle team Colombia at 6:30pm. Dominos are looking
to rebound from their first defeat at the hands of the Wolves on April 29.

Collin Anglin has been consistently
good for the side (he was the top scorer against the Wolves with 18 points).
Also Rotando Thompson (17 points, 11 rebounds) has filled the shoes of departed
big man Omari Corbin (he left the island months ago).

The more support the squad can get
from the likes of Antonio Thompson (12 points, five rebounds and three steals)
and Chris Lucas (10 points, four rebounds) the better.

Colombia has to show backbone on defence
after allowing each of its first four opponents to score over 80 points.

Many in the basketball community will
be monitoring Thursday’s games. Among them is Wolves head coach Duran ‘Trini’
Whittaker.

Trini and his side suffered their
first loss of the season last Thursday to the Silver Bullets 79-76. As he
states both Dominos and the Bulls are squads that could be problems later on.

“There are some good teams out
there,” Whittaker said. “Dominos have the best team on paper. You can’t forget
about the Blazers as they’re waiting on the O’Garro brothers (Sammy and Shaad) to
come back from college.

“Bulls have been good so far but
they’re a new team. They have got a whole lot to prove and they got to the face
the bad boys.”

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