At first glance, the Dominos Warriors are the overwhelming championship favourites.
With the regular season crown in tow, Dominos now have their sights set on a national title in Division One of the Cayman Islands Basketball Association 2013 National Men’s League.
However, technical director for Cayman basketball Victor “Voot” O’Garro states their dominance is not certain.
“With Division One I can tell you, when the Esso Blazers’ players come back, they’re the ones to beat,” O’Garro said. “By the end of this month, Division One will really be bouncing.
“It’s the same cache of players, we’re not discovering any new talent. We got the equivalent of two teams outside of the league. The Blazers, for example, have five players abroad while Dominos have two people abroad.
“Some are away at school and that’s good for them and the game; though it hurts the league now. But you still have guys like Borislav ‘Boka’ Djordjic of Dominos and Curtis Wilson of the Silver Bullets who are outstanding at the moment.”
According to the last available standings, which don’t account for three regular season games, Dominos earned the top seed at 5-1. The Warriors finished ahead of 3-3 Silver Bullets, 3-3 Esso and 0-6 George Town Sports Club.
The playoffs are slated to start this Sunday, 12 May, at Camana Bay’s Arts and Recreation Centre. At 5pm, Dominos start their best-of-three series against George Town while Bullets and Blazers square off at 6.45pm.
Dominos capped off their season with an 82-72 victory over Esso. Jerome Narcisse was top scorer with 30 points including four 3-pointers and three steals. Djordjic added 22 points with two treys and 17 rebounds. Collin Anglin chipped in 15 points and three rebounds.
Esso had four players in double digits as Kevin Maxwell had 19 points and nine rebounds, Jasen Campbell notched 16 points and four assists, Carlo Archibold contributed 14 points and 15 rebounds and Perry Levy posted 14 points with three treys and five rebounds.
Bullets head into the postseason after an 84-82 win over George Town. Brandon Glasgow led all scorers with 31 points, eight rebounds and four steals, Adam Milburn posted 15 points and four rebounds, Ariel Whittaker added 12 points and nine rebounds and Rohan Webster chipped in 10 points and five rebounds.
George Town countered with four high scorers of their own. Chris Lucas led the way with 20 points, eight rebounds and five blocks, Eckerd McField had 18 points and four assists, Peter Grant posted 15 points and three assists and Daniel Mowatt soared for 12 points.
Looking to the future, O’Garro states players and teams should follow Dominos in a different way.
“I would like to see players finish school and come back to play in the league or give back to the sport here. We, in the association, are sending players away to school from as young as 16. For example, we got three of our better youngsters in California. It’s an investment we’re making for the future.
“Before, we had people going from the B division to the A division and staying here. Now we’re sending them off if we spot potential. Guys like Jerome Narcisse are home now after finishing school and he’s working here. He’s an example of this new direction as his game has developed from playing abroad.”