Maples shoot to overthrow Department of Sports dynasty

Corporate basketball is officially in playoff mode.

The 2011 Cayman Islands Department of Sports Corporate Basketball League postseason starts on Monday, 19 December. At 6pm the Sports department faces UBS with Maples Fiduciary Services battling Ernst and Young at 7.15pm at the Cayman Islands Basketball Association court off Eastern Avenue.

The Sports department is the reigning dynasty with several championships to their name and look poised to add another. Heading into this week the side is unbeaten at 9-0 thanks to the competition’s best offence (they have scored a league-high 567 points). Among the stars is Director of Sports and 2011 men’s champion Collin Anglin.

Nevertheless there is reason to believe in an upset. While UBS got creamed by the department 86-55 in their regular season finale, they still managed a 6-3 record. Statistically, they have the second-best offence (scoring 494 points) but sport the worst defence (allowing 471 points). They have a trio of noted basketball players in Chris Lucas, Joanne Remillard and Scott Rainsford.

Maples FS are on a high with a 7-2 record. They decided the playoff seeding with a 41-33 victory over the Walkers Wildcats last Wednesday. The defeat knocked Walkers out of postseason contention with a 5-4 fifth place finish in spite of talent like Perry Levy, Antonio Hanna and Will Peguero Jr.

Maples have the second-best defence, allowing 377 points (second-fewest to the 375 points surrendered by 4-4 club Sunrise Community Church). Under team captain Cleveland Stewart, Maples have basketball talent like Benecia Thompson, Andrew Wisdom and Chris LeBeau.

Ernst and Young meanwhile are also 7-2 with 477 points scored (third-most in the league). Their last game was a 63-32 victory over the Royal Bank of Canada Lions. Among the stars suiting up for Ernst and Young is Curtis Wilson.

The finals are on Wednesday, 21 December, from 6pm.