Charterland reign is in jeopardy

For the last two years, team Charterland has been all the rage in men’s basketball. 

Charterland are the two-time reigning champions in division two of the Cayman Islands Basketball Association National Men’s League. Yet technical director for Cayman basketball Victor “Voot” O’Garro states they are not the best team this season. 

“The B division is very impressive with six teams this year,” O’Garro said. “There are lots of new players to watch. Charterland has dominated in years past but the Philippines beat them. The fact that Philippines then lost to Game Takers shows that the level of competition is good and balanced.”  

Charterland head into this week 3-1, good enough for second in the 2013 league. The purple crew is coming off a 85-55 thrashing of the 1-3 Esso Blazers last Wednesday. Scott Murray led the squad with 19 points and seven steals, followed by Jeremy Strickland, 16 points off four 3-pointers, Nathan Smith, 14 points and 11 rebounds and Will Koutney, 14 points and four steals. 

Esso were led by Davion Foster, with 15 points and 10 rebounds and Travis Barnes, who had 13 points and six rebounds. 

Game Takers and the Philippines, both 3-1, played for first place at Camana Bay’s Arts and Recreation Centre on Sunday. Game Takers feature talents like Cleve Stewart while the Philippines showcase youngsters like Arin Taylor. 

O’Garro states out of that group, Game Takers are the most impressive. 

“The B division players are playing brilliantly. To me, Game Takers are the most balanced team in the league. Charterland is a very experienced team that knows the game and can heat up at any moment. It’s very difficult to see who will dominate the B division.” 

League action resumes on Wednesday, 17 April, with Philippines facing Bruce Thompson’s 2-1 Titans at 6.15pm and Charterland battling Michael Blackburn’s 0-5 New Jerusalem at 7.45pm. 

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