In basketball, a lack of subs and capable opponents normally equals a loss. Team Charterland defied that equation in a big way.
The reigning division two champions demolished the Butterfield Shockwaves 105-52 last Tuesday. The match was part of the Cayman Islands Basketball Association 2012 national men’s league.
Ovaine Monteith was one of only five Charterland players that stormed the University College of the Cayman Islands multipurpose hall. The West Bay resident is at a loss to explain how his side defeated a Shockwaves team with 10 available players.
“I thought the game would have been a bit tighter or closer,” Monteith said. “To win by that margin, we played all game. There were no subs, it was just the five of us. Shockwaves have a decent team. What hurts them is they have four or five new players that have to gel together.
“Will Kourtney, our new big man, was a big help for us. He had a big impact. I played with him before during the corporate league for UBS. We just needed a couple more players [on the night].”
Monteith, 46, had a solid outing with 20 points and four assists. Kourtney was the star with a game-high 31 points and 19 rebounds. The other Charterland players were all in double figures in Nathan Smith (19 points, 22 rebounds), Chris Lebeau (18 points off four three-pointers with six assists) and Jeremy Strickland (17 points off five treys, 10 rebounds, seven assists).
Shockwaves did have encouraging efforts from Nigel Ebanks (14 points, seven rebounds) and Peter Grant (12 points, nine rebounds).
The other game last Tuesday saw Rock Hole Fire Ants clip Titans 58-55. Davion Foster had 18 points, 13 rebounds for Rock Hole while Bruce Thompson posted 13 points, 12 rebounds for Titans.
League play continues on Tuesday, 6 March, at UCCI. 1-1 Shockwaves face 0-2 Titans at 6.15pm and 1-1 Rock Hole challenge 2-0 Charterland at 7.15pm.