Jasen Campbell has turned in many clutch performances in his basketball career. He recently added another for the Esso Blazers.
Campbell, 26, had the game-winning free-throws in Esso’s 70-64 victory over the Shining Stars Childhood Care and Education Centre. The division one match was part of the Cayman Islands Basketball Association 2012 national men’s league.
The born and bred George Town native states he had to be the leader for his team.
“We played good though down the stretch we were not executing,” Campbell said. “We turned over the ball a lot but we stayed together and pulled out the win. I played with all of my heart in this game to be there for the team.
“I tried to execute where we were slacking or in a slump. I was there for the team as a leader.”
Campbell, who joined Esso in the offseason from the Dominos Warriors, had 19 points off three three-pointers, five rebounds and two steals. Perry Levy had 18 points, 10 rebounds and four steals. Deandre Simpson had 14 points, 16 rebounds and four steals.
Sunday’s match ended up being surprisingly close. Esso jumped out to a 36-23 lead by half-time before going up by 15 points at the end of the third quarter. Shining Stars rallied back in the fourth, ending the session with a 23-13 advantage.
Curtis Wilson kept his Shining Stars in it with 21 points (with two treys), seven rebounds and eight steals. The club got good guard play from Daniel Augustine, Denton Cole and Adam Milburn as they combined for 24 points, five steals and three assists.
The victory puts Esso at 2-0 atop the league standings while Shining Stars are 1-2. Both squads play next against Dominos with Esso in action this Sunday, 11 March, at 7pm while Shining Stars suit up next Sunday, 18 March.