Filipinos’ new gig

This month local basketball sees
the return of an often overlooked competition. With a new emphasis on getting
all residents involved the league should be quite appealing.

Sunday 26 September sees the start
of the Cayman Islands Basketball Association division three men’s league. The
basketball association court off Eastern Avenue will host the action for
roughly the next two months.

Interestingly the competition has
been held the last few years under the name of the Filipino Basketball League.
However as league organizer Jan Barrozo states, officials are opening the games
beyond the Filipino community.

“Any nationality is invited to take
part,” Barrozo said. “The timing of the league has always been like this as we
have not held games at the same time as the senior men’s and junior leagues.”

News of the league comes after the
national men’s league wrapped up in August. The Wolves secured their second
straight championship at the Sir Vassell Johnson Hall at the University College
of the Cayman Islands. The PriceWaterhouseCoopers Under-16 league finished in
late June as Courtisha Ebanks and the Sparks won the girls segment while Jamaal
Miller and team Bodden Town claimed the boys division. In addition there are
plans to start the annual Appleby U19 league this fall.

Barrozo states that division three
will feature some notable players from basketball’s top flight. “We have eight
teams signed up so far and already two of them are predominantly Caymanian
squads. There looks like there is a new champion in the field, especially if
some of the Caymanian teams can win games.

“One of the stars of the league
should be Christian Ferrer, who plays with defending champions Asian Retail. He
is one of the players that has been practicing everyday and preparing for this.
Then again Shelby Carlos’ side called team Carlos and Martin will be tough so
all in all it should be an exciting year.”

Ferrer played for team Philippines
in the men’s league this summer. Alongside a number of talented Filipino
players like Marc Jocson and Ding Briones, team Philippines finished sixth with
a 3-11 record.

* For more information about
division three or to register a team before 22 September call 925-9056 or
916-2062 or 926-3595.

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