Collin: We can tame Wolves

The top flight for Cayman
basketball is in the midst of its championship series and one star player is
ready to dethrone the defending champs.

Collin Anglin is the Director of
Youth and Sports and serves as the starting guard for the Dominos Warriors. On
Tuesday 10 August Dominos battle the Wolves in game two of the Cayman Islands
Basketball Association division one championship. When the University College of
the Cayman Islands multipurpose hall hosts the squads at 7pm Anglin says his
side will be ready.

“We don’t underestimate them,”
Anglin said. “We recognise they are not a team you can walk over. At the same
time there’s no fear on our part. We’re coming out strong. This is the team we
want to face because they were the only team we haven’t beat this year. We’re
out to prove a point.”

Game one was played at the same
hall on Sunday and game three is slated for Thursday 12 August at 7pm. If
necessary game four is scheduled for Sunday 15 August at 6pm and game five for
Tuesday 17 August at 7pm (both matches will be at the college). The matches
shifted from local basketball’s usual home at the Arts and Recreation Centre in
Camana Bay due to a malfunction with one of the backboards.

In the Wolves Anglin faces a team
that were regular season champs at 13-1. To deny the side a second straight
national title the West Bayer says it will not be about individual players but
team effort.

“For us to win we have to do the
main things. We don’t need anyone in particular to do above what they are
already doing. For example Jerome Narcissee was a crucial factor versus the
Silver Bullets (in the first round of the playoffs) and is already a big-time
scoring threat. He’s a big reason why teams can’t double-team me or Antonio
Thompson.

“We have to rebound well and
minimize turnovers. The Wolves out-rebounded us by 20-30 boards in both regular
season losses (our only losses this year). We only lost by four (points) but we
have to rebound and take care of the ball.

“On defence we have to improve and
be sure to keep an eye on Dwight O’Garro and ‘Butcher’ (Gary McLaughlin).
Dwight is their leading scorer and biggest offensive threat plus he’s their
best rebounder. He gets a lot of points by getting offensive rebounds and he
causes damage to a lot of teams. Once we slow him down we can hinder the
Wolves’ chances for success. Butcher is their play-maker and is a great scorer.
With the great players you can’t stop them, you can only slow them down and
that’s what we want to do.”

For Anglin 2010 marks the second
time in the last three years that he has been in the national basketball
finals. In 2008 he faced George Town Sports Club as part of team Shaolin and
lost that series. The perennial league MVP candidate says he is just grateful
to be contending for a title again after a lack lustre 2009 season.

“It feels good. As you know last
year we missed out on the playoffs and we had a disappointing season. We made
sure during the off-season we recruited properly to not only make the playoffs
but win the championship.”

Anglin and the Warriors punched
their ticket to the finals after taking down a determined Bullets team in the
opening playoff series. The Bullets took the Warriors to three games after a
regular season that saw Kwei General and company hand the Wolves their only
loss on the year. Anglin states the Bullets gave his squad a real fight.

“The Bullets were a tough team,
they played us very good. They have the most college players and based on the
height of their players they’re also the tallest team in the league. They were
not easy to beat as they have talented and athletic guys like Kwei. We’re OK.
Even though the series was long each team had only one game a week. In years past
teams would be playing two or three games a week. Playing indoors also made
things less taxing on the body.”

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