May is almost over and so is Cayman’s top basketball league. One of the squads looking to end the year with a positive is the Heat.
The side is one of seven division one clubs taking part in the 2011 national men’s basketball league, put on by the Cayman Islands Basketball Association. Coming into this week the Heat are at the bottom of the standings.
The Heat’s struggles are a surprise considering their past and athletic talents. Last season the side nabbed a fourth place spot behind star player Curtis Wilson. This season, though Wilson is gone, the team was steadied once by Chad and Kael Leslie and the cousins had help from the likes of Stephen Shaw, Jermaine Myles and Stefan Bodden (who sponsored the club’s uniform costs). Also new is coach Billy Fenton and team sponsor Jet night club.
At least the Heat can play spoiler. They take on the Esso Blazers on Thursday 19 May as part of a double-header for the regular season’s final night. Esso are holding on to fifth place and are within a win of the V-Cool Silver Bullets for the fourth and final playoff spot. A Heat upset would not only help the Bullets but also the Tarheels, who are only two games back of those clubs in sixth place.
Meanwhile the top three playoff teams are set, although seeding is still to be decided. Prior to last weekend’s games team Philippines, the Dominos Warriors and the defending champions Wolves all have seven victories.
Technically the Philippines, behind top scorer Chris Lucas, come into their Tuesday 17 May showdown with Dominos in first place on percentage points. The Warriors, who play at 7.30pm in the Arts and Recreation Centre, are in second position. League playoffs start next Thursday 26 May at Camana Bay.