It is early days in men’s basketball but two teams are standing out above the rest.
Heading into round four of the 10-round 2012 national men’s league, the DHL Wolves and the Esso Blazers sit atop division one. Wolves are 3-1 while Esso are 3-0 in the Cayman Islands Basketball Association competition.
Thus far both sides have won with stellar offences. Wolves are the top scorers with a league-high 292 points while the Blazers are second at 229 points. Defensively they are polar opposites with Wolves allowing a league-worst 251 points while Esso have surrendered a league-best 188 points.
Star talent abounds on both teams. Dwight O’Garro is a double-double machine for the Wolves averaging 15.5 points and rebounds per game. Starting guards Perry Levy (16 points per game) and Jasen Campbell (15.7ppg and three assists per contest) are the top scorers for Esso. Role players have also stepped up for both sides with Wolves sporting the likes of Timmy Myles and Mitchie Williams while the Blazers have guys like Nicholas Beverly and Carlo Archibold.
Their latest victories came last weekend in the league’s first games at the Arts and Recreation Centre in Camana Bay. Wolves ravaged Moneygram Philippines 96-75 while Esso burned the defending champions Dominos Warriors 84-61.
Prior to that, the squads excelled at the Sir Vassel Johnson Hall at the University College of the Cayman Islands. Among their more remarkable showings was a 64-40 Wolves win over Dominos and a narrow 70-64 Esso victory over the Shining Stars Childhood Care and Education Centre.
Those games should prove a great start to all the excitement that’s still to come in the men’s league. Matches are now being played on Sundays from 5:30pm at Camana Bay and the public is encouraged to come out and watch as the season hits its mid-way point and rolls on into the playoffs.