Ovaine: We fancy our chances

Team Charterland are a dynasty in local basketball and their legend looks set to continue.

So far the squad is 3-0 atop division two of the Cayman Islands Basketball Association 2012 national men’s league. With consecutive victories by over 40 points, confidence is brimming over on the side.

Among those who believe in a second straight championship is Ovaine Monteith. The West Bay resident, who recently turned 47, states Charterland are in prime position.

“We have a good chance of winning with only four teams,” Monteith said. “We have a good chance of repeating, it’s something to look forward to. We just got to go one game at a time.

“Our sponsor Stewart Connelly is out, recovering from surgery. But Scott Murray (last year’s assists champion) is still on the team as well as Rainsford Scott. When I first joined they said it was a social club. I enjoy playing with these guys. They are very unselfish.”

The latest triumph was a 90-44 victory over the Rock Hole Fire Ants at the University College of the Cayman Islands multipurpose hall. Monteith was the game’s leading scorer with 28 points off four three-pointers, four assists and two steals. He had help from Nathan Smith (23 points, five assists and four rebounds), Scott Murray (15 points, five assists, four steals) and Will Kourtney (12 points, 10 rebounds).

Rock Hole (1-2) were in the game for the first quarter, though by half-time the outcome was not in doubt. Davion Foster was their top scorer with 17 points and eight rebounds. Daniel Garrard chipped in eight points and 11 rebounds while Maxwell Linwood added six points, nine rebounds and five steals.

Both teams are in action on Tuesday, 13 March, at UCCI. Fire Ants battle the 2-1 Butterfield Shockwaves at 6.15pm while Charterland play the 0-3 Titans at 7.45pm.