The Silver Bullets have always been a top four club in local men’s basketball. The side has been shaky so far in 2011 and their position seems in jeopardy.
Coming into Thursday’s showdown with the Esso Blazers, the V-Cool Watersports Bullets are fourth in the Cayman Islands Basketball Association national men’s league. However the side has a losing record at 2-4 and are only a game ahead of Esso (2-3 prior to this Tuesday’s match with the 0-5 Heat).
The statistics show the Bullets have had some issues. The offence sputters at times as they are in the middle of the pack with 413 points. Defence is a problem as they have allowed a league-high 446 points.
Personnel-wise, things have been positive. Curtis Wilson has proven to be a huge addition, ranking sixth in scoring (averaging 19.3 points per game) and third in rebounding (12.5 rebounds per match). His presence has allowed role players Denton Cole (12.7 points per game) and Adam Milburn (10.4 points per contest) to step up. There are also some athletic pieces on the roster like Mike Morgan, Chester Hurlstone and player/coach Redver Ebanks that can make a difference. In a few weeks the side is also slated to get back college players Kwei General and Jerome Graham-Record.
National men’s basketball coach Daniel Augustine has been watching the play of the Bullets especially close. A player/coach for the side last year, this time around he observes the club as a spectator. Augustine, who saw the Bullets fall to the Dominos Warriors in last season’s playoffs, states that the Bullets are doing good enough heading into Thursday’s match with Esso at 6pm at the Arts and Recreation Centre.
“There have been a lot of changes with the Bullets but you can’t take away experience,” Augustine said. “They have acquired some older people to go with some younger ones.
For example Curtis is a complete player. It’s really up to him to fit in to a new system of play and he has done that. Everything is looking up towards the playoffs. They are going down the right road.”