Ebanks: Game Three is do or die

The Wolves have one more chance to emerge national champions. 

The squad faces Welly’s Cool Spot in Game Three of the finals for the Cayman Islands Basketball Association 2013 National Women’s League. Camana Bay’s Arts and Recreation Centre hosts the action from 6.30pm on Thursday, 6 June. 

Wolves guard Catherine Ebanks, 23, said it is a desperate situation for her club. 

“For Game Three, it is do or die,” Ebanks said. “We still give respect to our opponents, you never know what they can pull out. We can’t go in with our heads in space saying we will win, no problem. You have to control your mind-set, it will be tough and you have to be ready to fight, it’s do or die. “At the end of the game, if I’m not crawling off the court, I didn’t play a good game.” 

Ebanks and company forced Thursday’s decisive contest in the best-of-three series with a 62-52 victory in Game Two. The Newlands native had a quiet game last Thursday with two points and six rebounds. Carmen Picante led the Wolves with 26 points and 12 rebounds, while Benieca Thompson scored 13 points and 12 rebounds and Cassianne Lawrence chipped in 11 points and 16 rebounds. 

Chloe Powery paced Welly’s with 21 points and Khailan O’Connor added 15 points. Welly’s won Game One, 78-68. 

Ebanks said the Wolves are focused now. 

“The mentality we came into the game with was never stop hustling, regardless of the ups and downs. In the fourth quarter, we were up by like five points, but in our minds, we were still down. We wanted to keep hustling and to keep going for Game Three. 

“We’re going to have a focused mentality. We have the experience, but at the end of the day it’s more of an experience than anything else, it’s like any given night. When you maintain the right mind-set, you can win, plain and simple. 

“The young girls on Welly’s are all remarkable players, but like every team in the league, they have weak points and you have to attack those weak points.” 

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Khailan O’Connor made big plays for Welly’s.

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Catherine Ebanks, ball, intends to battle for the Wolves. – PHOTOS: MATTHEW YATES
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