The SOL Blazers over the weekend clinched the Cayman Islands Basketball Association Division 1 Men’s League championship without having to play a game.
The Blazers and defending champion Lions were scheduled to Saturday (11 June) in game two of the three-game finals series. The Lions never showed up, however, forfeiting the game.
The Blazers, who won the first game 75-70, were awarded the win and the championship.
“A bit disappointing that we didn’t get to play the last game but we’re still excited because we still did go undefeated and we came out here to win also,” Blazers forward Shaad O’Garro said. “We weren’t (sic) expecting to lose.”
Cayman 27 understands the Lions’ absence was in protest of what they felt were the ejections of innocent players following a game-one fight. Every ejection carries an automatic two-game ban.
Cayman Islands Basketball Technical Director Victor O’Garro says league statutes mandate the suspension no matter the circumstances.
“The players are not too knowledgeable about the rules of the game and the Association and what they’re trying to accomplish,” O’Garro said. “In their hearts they believe that this is just a fun league. This is a fun league but we have statutes, by-lows and rules that we go by.”
In Division 2, Celltronics and Asian Retail meet 15 June for a third and deciding game in their finals series.