Wolves escape and stay fierce

The DHL Wolves narrowly avoided a disastrous start to their local basketball season.

Wolves beat the Shining Stars Childhood Care and Education Centre 69-61 on Sunday. The victory is the green and black team’s first triumph of the Cayman Islands Basketball Association 2012 national men’s league.

At the heart of the victory was George Town resident Dwight O’Garro, who had a game-high 25 points, 15 rebounds and five assists. O’Garro, 35, states the win is about reasserting the team’s dominance.

“The game went really well,” O’Garro said. “We came out as Wolves with the idea to take no prisoners. We had a game-plan to slow down the offence and the first priority was defence because defence wins games. We executed what we planned.

“Wolves are not really known to be a losing team. It’s psychological for us. It’s tough to win coming off a loss. Only five teams are in the league this year and we don’t want to be the one others beat up on.”

The Customs officer, who has been here 16 years, saw his team lose their season opener last month 75-63 to the Esso Blazers. Sunday’s result would be different thanks to Gary ‘Butcher’ McLaughlin (16 points, seven rebounds) and Andres Kirchman (10 points, six rebounds).

Shining Stars did give Wolves a good scare behind Curtis Wilson (22 points with two three-pointers and 12 rebounds) and Stephen Shaw (12 points). Honourable mention goes to Adam Milburn, who had eight points and two three-pointers off the bench. With the loss, the red side is now 1-1 (they clipped the Moneygram Philippines 58-55 in their opener).

Both squads are slated to be in action this coming Sunday, 4 March, at UCCI. Wolves take on the defending champion Dominos Warriors at 5.30pm while Shining Stars face the Esso Blazers at 7pm.