Bullets survive scare

The V-Cool Watersports Silver Bullets are a talented team. But their heart is the biggest reason why they are still in the top four of local hoops.

The Silver Bullets are coming off an epic match in the 2011 national men’s basketball league put on by the Cayman Islands Basketball Association. Last Thursday at Camana Bay they escaped with a 61-57 victory over the Esso Blazers. Heading into that match Bullets and Blazers had identical 2-4 records.

Frustrating the Bullets were Esso’s star duo Kevin Maxwell and Eric McField. Maxwell, the league leader in scoring and rebounding, had a double-double showing with 18 points and 18 rebounds. McField matched that and was the game’s top scorer with 25 points to go with 13 rebounds. Honourable mention goes to Jonathan Allen who had eight points and three steals off the bench.

The biggest reason why the Bullets are still in fourth place is the trio of Curtis Wilson, Denton Cole and William Peguero. Wilson, the star and on-court leader of the team, paced the side with 13 points and 19 rebounds. Cole stepped up with 14 points, four assists and three steals. Peguero chipped in with 11 points, nine rebounds and three steals.

On Tuesday the Bullets have another big test in the Tarheels. The squads square off at 6pm at the University College of the Cayman Islands. Tarheels are tied with Esso at 2-5 and could earn a tie for fourth place with a victory.

The Tarheels are coming off a 66-56 victory over the Heat. Ransford Welcome (16 points, 10 rebounds) and Rohan Webster (10 points) were the high scorers. An ex-factor for the Tarheels could be veteran big man Philip Wilson. A streaky shooter as well an inside presence, Wilson only needs minutes to replicate the eight-point, six-rebound showing he had against the Wolves off 
the bench.