Flames forced to die down as three-peat bid is delayed

Basketball glory will have to wait for the Home Gas Flames.

The 2013 national women’s basketball league is being pushed back nearly a month from its original 24 January starting date. Cayman Islands Basketball Association official Angela O’Garro states the competition faced issues.

“There was a big push back and the league is happening late next month, on 21 February,” O’Garro said. “It will run until late April/early May, including the playoffs. We’re expecting around four to five teams.

“Our men’s league is still slated for 3 March. We’re hoping to play all of the games, for the men and women, at Camana Bay.”

Home Gas head into 2013 as the reigning two-time national champions. Last year, the side swept perennial contenders the Dominos Lady Heels in the finals. The Flames featured young prodigy La-Torae Nixon and Sade Wood while Dominos were guided by veterans Dionne Anglin and Sarah Kidd.

Home Gas came out on top in a league with three other teams in Scimone Campbell’s Island Heritage Silver Mist, Cassianne Lawrence’s Lady Wolves and Chloe Powery’s Welly’s Cool Spot.

News of the women’s league comes as the association’s 14 and Under Inter-school League gets under way. John Gray High School have the early bragging rights after producing the top teams last year. Arin Taylor, along with schoolmate Cameron Hydes, guided Tarpon Academy to the boys title while Guiesha Smith propelled Wahoo Academy to the girls crown.

In all, some 12 squads participated. The competition featured local secondary schools like Triple C. The 14U league is in its second year, as 2012 matches took place at Camana Bay’s Arts and Recreation Centre and at the Sir Vassel Johnson Hall at the University College of the Cayman Islands.