Digicel still look likely champs

Local
basketball’s second division has just three weeks left in its regular season.
Week eight gets under way on Wednesday May 26 at the Arts and Recreation Center
at Camana Bay.

At
6:30pm the Derek Bogle Insurance Warriors face the Rock Hole Fire Ants before
the Ritz Carlton Lions tangle with the Digicel Demons. The Warriors are in
second place with a 5-2 mark, the Fire Ants are fifth, the Lions are in last
place and Digicel remain top of the table at 6-1.

Derek
Bogle and Rock Hole head into Wednesday’s showdowns riding a number of solid
showings. The Warriors handed Digicel their first loss last Wednesday and beat
down Ritz Carlton 89-68 on May 16. A common thread in both games has been
plenty of contributors on offense. Against the Lions Bruce Thompson led all
scorers with 22 points, three rebounds and three assists. Supporting him were
Lisani Sambula (16 points, 11 rebounds), Daryl Paddyfoot (13 points, 12
rebounds) and Damian Dasilva (10 points, three assists).

Rock
Hole meanwhile have won two of its first three games this month. They beat Ritz
Carlton 81-48 on May 2 and took down the Grand Pavilion Shockwaves 71-63 on May
12. Against the Shockwaves Maxwell Linwood starred with 17 points, 11 rebounds
and five assists. Leroy Stewart had 17 points and 13 rebounds, Alton Williams
posted 16 points and four rebounds and Kenneth Bryan had 11 points and nine
rebounds.

In
the other match-up the Lions may be huge underdogs but can create an upset.
Proof of that came May 5 when they took down fourth place Future Sports Club
60-59. However Digicel had their way with the Lions earlier in the season
courtesy of a 90-33 beat-down on April 21. Six Demons players were in double
figures in that game, led by Stewart Connelly’s 23 points. Michael Lubin posted
20 points and nine rebounds and Gavin McMaster had 13 points and five steals.
McMaster says he is confident that Digicel can continue on ahead of the likes
of the Warriors and Shockwaves.

“We’ve
played really well as a team so far with good contributions from everyone each
game,” McMaster said. “Our new players have fitted in really well, we’re
sharing the ball around on offense and playing really solid defense. We were
all really looking forward to this season as the competition seems to keep
getting better. It’s also really nice to be playing indoors as the facilities
at Camana Bay are fantastic.

“We’re
obviously pleased to have had a couple of wins so far but don’t want to get too
complacent as the other teams have probably not played to their potential and
we expect them to improve over the next few weeks.

“For
example the Shockwaves are a really tough team. They have some very talented
players including Justin Connolly and Stephen Babb who both shoot the ball
really well. They are all incredibly athletic and play a high tempo style of
basketball. As evidenced by our last match with them, the Warriors always give
us a tough game. Guys like Daryl Paddyfoot and Bruce Thompson are really tough to
match up on.”

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Lubin torched the Lions earlier this year.
Photo: Matthew Yates
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