Tonight marks the end of regular basketball and the start of playoffs.
The final game in division one of the Domino’s Pizza Men’s Basketball League takes place at 6:15pm.
The Cayman Islands Basketball Association Court off Eastern Avenue will see team Colombia take on the Wendy’s Tarheels.
The game is of huge importance to team Colombia. Coming into this week Colombia are 6-5 and holding on to third place in the division and a playoff spot for the upcoming four team playoffs.
Colombia was percentage points behind Silver Bullets and a game ahead of the Esso Blazers.
The squad has been one of the most surprising teams this season, having just been promoted to division one this year.
The squad has held its own against some of the best teams. Proof of that came recently in a 70-62 win over league frontrunners the DHL Wolves.
The side limited one of local basketball’s best scorers, Gary ‘Butcher’ McLaughlin to 13 points and nine rebounds.
At the same time they crashed the boards (62 boards compared to 31) and got lots of scoring as three players were in double digit point totals.
On paper Colombia does not look to be one of the better teams. They are in the middle of the pack in scoring with 717 points while the defense has given up the most points in the division with 761.
A closer look at Colombia reveals many key pieces that come together to paint a picture of an unselfish team.
The catalyst of the club is undoubtedly Jonathan Corpus. The unassuming guard has quietly been one of the top scorers this year averaging 24.1 points.
Corpus has done his damage from all parts of the floor, often driving hard to the lane or pulling up for a jumper. His shooting touch is strong as he has made 21 treys this season.
However every good star needs a good supporting cast and Corpus has plenty of talented help.
One of the new-found producers for Colombia this season is Sandi Jiminez. Jiminez has shined with more playing time, making good decisions at the point guard slot and being active on defense.
The stats show Jiminez’s prowess. Jiminez is second on the team in scoring with 10.1ppg, tops in assists with 5.3apg and fourth in rebounds averaging 6 boards a game.
A pair of players has let their hustle improve their play in Barren Bravo and Charles Forbes. Bravo has not played much but has been extremely productive averaging 9.7 points and 8.7 rebounds a game.
Forbes has come along strong this year. He has quietly been a notable inside presence for Colombia, altering many shots on defense. In addition he has hit his stride on offense averaging 7.9 points and 7.5 boards a game.
The result has been Colombia mainstay Norbelio Livingston has had to shoulder less of the load. Livingston co-starred with Corpus last year in Colombia’s rise to the top of division two.
This season Livingston has served as a solid third or fourth option on offense with 7.1ppg. As usual he has maintained a notable presence inside and has wiped the glass well, averaging 6.7 boards a game.