Luigi pounds Philippines from downtown as Warriors roll

Luigi Moxam may conjure up images of Caymanian entrepreneurial spirit or flag football excellence. But these days he’s proving his worth on a basketball court.

The Lower Valley native guided the Dominos Warriors to a 81-73 victory over the Moneygram Philippines. It was the season opener for defending champions Dominos in division one of the Cayman Islands Basketball Association 2012 national men’s league.

Moxam, who is in his early 30s, states the win at the University College of the Cayman Islands multipurpose hall was good.

“We got our first win, as we expected to get,” Moxam said. “We worked hard and put up a good effort. We got to win the next games and take it one game at a time. We got to focus on each game and team we have to play. It’s a work in progress.

“I’m glad we ended up winning. Philippines got some shooters. What they lack in size they make up with by running the ball [up and down the court]. They have good players in Chris [Lucas], Christian [Ferrer] and Omar Clarke. We knew we were not going to run over them. We can’t underestimate any team.”

Moxam, who was born in George Town, had 16 points off four three-pointers to go with three steals and two blocks. Collin Anglin was top scorer with 29 points and five assists while Kenval Bryan (15 points, 10 rebounds) and Ransford Welcome (12 points, five rebounds) also chipped in.

With the loss, Philippines are now 0-2. However the squad had good showings from Christian Ferrer (14 points off three treys, three assists), Omar Clarke (13 points, 11 rebounds), Neil Samson (12 points off three treys, three steals) and Chris Lucas (11 points, seven rebounds).

Philippines play next Sunday, 11 March while Dominos compete this Sunday, 4 March at UCCI. Both games are against the 1-1 Wolves.