The Dominos Warriors do not intend to surrender their crown easily.
Cayman’s reigning basketball champions beat Shining Stars Childhood Care and Education Centre 92-84 at Camana Bay’s Arts and Recreation Centre. The match was part of the Cayman Islands Basketball Association 2012 national men’s league playoffs.
Kenval Bryan had seven rebounds and four blocks for the Warriors in game one of the opening round series. He states the victory is key in gaining an early advantage.
“It’s always important to win the first game of a playoff series,” Bryan said. “We had our heads up at crucial times as a team. We executed the way we wanted. Our defence propelled us to the win.
“It’s important that continues on in this series and hopefully to the championship. Defence will carry us. Also, Luigi Moxam got hurt in the opening minutes and Haymond Rankine stepped up to the challenge. Collin Anglin, our captain, was a leader for us and they were also reasons for the victory.”
Anglin scored in bunches to produce 34 points (including two three-pointers), seven rebounds and five assists. Borislav Djordjic led all scorers with 39 points (including three treys) and 11 rebounds. Rankine combined with newcomer Jeremy Varlow to chip in 12 points, six assists and four rebounds.
Shining Stars fell short in spite of having four players score in double digits. Denton Cole was the surprise top scorer with 23 points (off three treys) and three steals. Curtis Wilson had his usual solid effort with 18 points, 15 rebounds. Two other role players stepped up in Adam Milburn (16 points with two treys and two assists) and Chester Hurlstone (10 points, four rebounds).
Game two of the best-of-three series is this Sunday, 13 May, at 6.30pm at Camana Bay. Game three, if necessary, would be on 20 May. Both sides came into the series with identical 4-4 records along with the second and third seeds in the league.
Bryan states the key for Dominos securing a sweep rests on team defence.
“For game two we have to contain their main player, Curtis. Once we limit Curtis in the game, we have a strong possibility of taking the game. Our focus is to concentrate on him and defend.”