Basketball in the Cayman Islands has a history of dynasty teams and one of them is the Department of Sports.
Prior to the Christmas break the department capped off another championship season in their 2011 Corporate Basketball League. The side nabbed their sixth title with a resounding 65-38 victory over Maples Fiduciary Services.
Among the stars at the Cayman Islands Basketball Association court was Kenvall Bryan. A member of this year’s Dominos Warriors national men’s champions, Bryan has won two consecutive times with the Sports department. He states winning is secondary.
“This is my second straight championship,” Bryan said. “To win again is a testament to the team and quality of play. We’re out to have fun and that’s our first priority. It’s just great to come out and play.
“The core of the team is Collin (Anglin) and Daniel (Augustine). We play as a family. It’s always fun to beat Andrew Wisdom, no matter what team he is on. Maples were a strong team and clearly deserved to be in the finals. They’re the best team we’ve played this season.”
Indeed the finals featured a good selection of local basketball talent. Aside from Bryan, Anglin and Augustine, the sports department had Serbian star Borislav Djordjic, women’s legend Dionne Anglin and stalwart Molly-Ann Moore. Maples were competitive behind ageless wonder Ovaine Monteith and multi-sport stars Benecia Thompson and Chris LeBeau.
Monteith is quick to say Maples deserve props in spite of the score.
“Up to the last five minutes of the game it was close,” Monteith said. “The final score is not a reflection of how close the game was throughout.”
The statistics looked good for both squads, who went into the finals as the top ranked teams. The Sports department went undefeated with a 9-0 regular season record, scoring a league-high 567 points. Maples finished second at 7-2 and allowed just 377 points, second fewest in the competition. For the record, UBS won the third place trophy ahead of Ernst and Young.
Director of Sports Collin Anglin, a big part of the Sports department dynasty, states the focus now is on a number of competitions.
“First up is the inter-school Under-14 league on 16 January,” Anglin said. “Then there is the national women’s league from 22 January and the men’s league begins 4 February. The idea is to wrap up by May to clear the calendar for national team training.”