The 2011 Natwest Island Games have gone well for Cayman’s basketball team.
Heading into Thursday’s playoffs, Cayman emerged the winners in its group. The island nation of Guernsey felt the full extent of Cayman’s on-court prowess as the British dependent lost by scores of 67-35 and 97-49.
National team head coach Daniel Augustine states he is pleased with Cayman’s showing on the Isle of Wight thus far.
“Cayman won its first two basketball games against Guernsey after getting over their first quarter jitters,” Augustine said. “They managed to pull away to a decent lead despite Guernsey’s obvious height advantage. Cayman out-rebounded them consistently and forced Guernsey to repeatedly turn over the ball. Cayman pressured the ball well and continually extended their lead ending in blow-outs.”
Representing Cayman are 12 top players in Jorge Ebanks, Jerome Graham-Record, Chad Leslie, Jerome Narcisse, Dwight O’Garro, Samuel O’Garro, Shaad O’Garro, Lloyd Samuels, Deandre Simpson, David Terry, Cory Thompson and Rotando Thompson.
All have contributed to Cayman being the second-best scoring team in the contribution. Their 164 points scored are second only to Caribbean rival Bermuda. Defensively Cayman has been decent allowing 84 points. Cayman is hoping to advance to the finals on Friday 1 July and earn a medal ahead of familiar foes like Menorca, Rhodes and Gibraltar.
Once the Island Games wrap up, Cayman will focus its attention on the Caribbean Basketball Confederation Senior Championships in Nassau, Bahamas. Put on by the Bahamian Basketball Federation, the first men’s games are expected to take place on Saturday 23 July with matches wrapping up Friday 29 July. Cayman is expected to go against 12 other countries in Antigua, Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cuba, Guyana, Jamaica, St. Vincent and Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos and the Virgin Islands.