Cayman’s national basketball league
starts its final this weekend and a familiar side will have a starring role.
Defending champions the Wolves will
take on the winner of the Dominos Warriors-Silver Bullets series which is
slated to wrap up this week. The Wolves punched their ticket with a sweep of
the Bulls in their opening round best-of-three series.
Game one was a coming out party for
Brandon Glasgow as he was the team’s leading scorer with 17 points, four
rebounds and two steals. Dwight O’Garro sealed a game two victory with a
team-high 16 points, 14 rebounds and three assists.
Wolves coach Duran ‘Trini’ Whittaker
stated that the series was a good test for his squad. “It was a good series. It
gave me a chance to play the younger guys. They gave a good fight. The Bulls
gave their all but we had too much for them.”
The Bulls, who just made the
playoffs ahead of the Wendy’s Tarheels at 8-6, did have some bright spots.
Curtis Wilson held his own well as he notched 26 points and 10 rebounds in game
one and 24 points, 20 rebounds and two steals in game two. Nevertheless
Whittaker stated that the new pieces on the Wolves were the difference-makers.
“Brandon was the stand-out guy in
the series. He did well to lead us in scoring in game one when we had a
well-balanced attack going. (Vanrick) Felix and Sandi (Jimenez) also did a good
job and of course Carson (Fagan), who has been on the team a few years, played
“I’d also like to mention Jonathan
Manderson who played for the first time this year in game two. His heel wasn’t
good all season and he couldn’t get much minutes. I had to actually force him
to play so he could feel part of the victory. He didn’t want to hurt the heel
again so I had him play mostly up top on offense.”
In the finals the Wolves will take
on a team that might be tired and at a disadvantage. The Warriors-Bullets
series went to a decisive game three after the Warriors won game one by 26
points before dropping game two by four points. Dominos finished second in the
league at 12-2 behind a monster trio of Collin Anglin, Antonio Thompson and
Rotando Thompson. The Bullets were third at 9-5 behind star Kwei General,
Redver Ebanks and Daniel Augustine.
For the Wolves, who
won the regular season title at 13-1, their game-plan is the same regardless of
their opponent. “It does not matter who we play. I think the Bullets have more
weapons than a lot of teams while Dominos have the most dangerous weapons.
It’ll be a good final either way. I hope we sweep them in three games but I
don’t think that will happen based on the regular season. For our team Sandy
and Felix will be forces to be reckoned with and we have a real good chance if
either of them step up in the final. Meanwhile Carson will be important because
his priority is defence. He doesn’t need to score points for us to win.”