Jermaine Myles is a role player that might be the biggest difference-maker in local basketball.
The born and bred George Town native guided his DHL Wolves to a 96-75 thumping of the Moneygram Philippines. The contest at Camana Bay’s Arts and Recreation Centre was part of division one of the Cayman Islands Basketball Association 2012 national men’s league.
Myles, 27, had 16 points, eight rebounds and three steals and he states last Sunday’s win was about pace.
“We controlled the tempo of the game and performed great on defence,” Myles said. “It was a lot of hard work and team work. At the end of the day, they gave us a challenge to the end. Most of all, defence mattered most.
“I’ve been playing basketball almost 20 years and this is my first year with Wolves. I was with Esso about six years and they were a title contender but I was ready for a change.”
The former Esso Blazer had plenty of help from his team-mates. Sandi Jiminez had a game-high 25 points (off three three-pointers), 10 assists and nine rebounds. Dwight O’Garro posted 20 points, 20 rebounds and four blocks for the Wolves while Gary ‘Butcher’ McLaughlin notched 19 points, seven rebounds and four assists.
Moneygram were down for the count by half-time, trailing by 26 points. Then again the side had a good showing from leading scorer Chris Lucas with 18 points, six rebounds, two steals. The Ohio native received help as Neil Samson added 17 points, five rebounds, two steals and Christian Ferrer chipped in 10 points, three steals and three assists.
With the victory, the Wolves are first in the standings at 3-1 while Moneygram are in last place at 0-3. The Wolves have a bye this Sunday, 18 March, while the Philippines play Esso at 7pm in Camana Bay.