Cayman basketball will not be coming home with a medal at the 2011 Natwest Island Games.
The national men’s basketball team lost its quarter-final match against Bermuda last week. The result is that Cayman took on Menorca and the Isle of Wight over the weekend in hopes of a fifth place finish.
At press time Bermuda was in the championship game against Saaremaa and the Caribbean side will finish with no less than a silver medal. Both countries were in the same group during the early stages of the competition. The bronze medal match featured Rhodes and Gibraltar.
For Cayman, the quarter-final loss is the biggest negative in what has been a positive tournament. Thanks to the likes of Jorge Ebanks, the side won group D ahead of Guernsey and thrashed the British dependency by scores of 67-35 and 97-49. Cayman was the second-best scoring team during the group stages netting 164 points and was decent defensively by allowing 84 points.
National team head coach Daniel Augustine had been pleased with Cayman’s showing on the Isle of Wight prior to the loss against Bermuda. He had stated that, “Cayman got over their first quarter jitters and managed to pull away to decent leads. Cayman out-rebounded them, 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.