GT falters in B-ball League

| 02/04/2009

(CNS): Defending champions George Town Sports Club (GTSC) suffered their second consecutive defeat this past Sunday night in the Dominos Pizza Men’s League when they were humbled 83-72 by the Wolves. The first division action at the court off Eastern Avenue drew a huge crowd, which was thoroughly entertained by the level of talent and combat displayed throughout the game. Wolves took an earlier lead, but GTSC caught up and even managed at one point to overtake the Wolves. In the second quarter, Wolves tied the match, and from then it went back and forth, but in the end, Wolves’ offensive and defensive attacks proved a little too much for the unfit GTSC. (Left: GTSC’s Jonothan Mitchell leaps for the basket – photos Tara Bush)

But as most fans are aware, GTSC always starts the season deceptively slow, only to bounce back to win it all, a release from the Cayman Islands Basketball Association said. It should be noted, however, that GTSC has not suffered two consecutive matches before. Wolves, on the other hand, look impressive and hungry to win.

The top scorers for the Wolves spread the wealth around, with Gary McLaughlin earning 24 points and 15 rebounds, Dwight O’Garro with 25 points and 9 rebounds and Earl Allen had 14 points and 8 rebounds along with 4 assists.

GTSC’s top performers were Antonio Thompson with 22 point and 9 rebounds, Mike Morgan on 14 points and 17 rebounds and Jonathan Mitchell with12 points and 4 rebounds. (Right: Wolves’ Earl Allen scores from a layup)

In a League game on Sunday night, Esso Blazers defeated Colombia 76-54 in the first game. Colombia, who earned their ticket into Division I after skating through Division 2 last season with an unblemished record, are finding that playing with the big boys is not so easy.

Esso Blazers took an easy win with their big men crowding Colombia’s key players and forcing them to shoot from the outside, which proved a difficult task for them.

Top guns for Blazers were Samuel O’Garro with 19 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists. Rotando Thompson also added 10 pints and 16 rebounds and Perry Levy had 11 points and 6 assists. Jonathon Corpus led with 21 points and 3 rebounds for Colombia. Norbello Livingston added 11 points and 4 rebounds and Charles Forbes 6 points and 8 rebounds.

Cayman Islands Basketball National Technical Victor “Voot” O’Garro said “No team is going to have an easy time of it this year. There are no favorites – all the teams are going full tilt for the trophy. There is a lot of talent on display and everyone wants to do their best.”

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