Filipinos aim to stay second

With three weeks left before the playoffs, local basketball squads are focused on seeding. 

In Division Two of the Cayman Islands Basketball Association 2013 National Men’s League, much of the focus is on the top four sides. According to the last available association standings, Game Takers are first at 4-1 followed by 4-2 team Philippines, 3-1 Charterland and 2-2 Titans. 

Most are in action on Wednesday, 1 May. Game Takers and Charterland battle for first place at 6.15pm at Camana Bay’s Arts and Recreation Centre. Philippines tackle 0-5 New Jerusalem at 7.45pm. 

Game Takers have been guided by the league’s top passer in Bruce Reynolds, averaging a league-high 6.3 assists, and veteran Darryl Paddyfoot, who averages 14.4 points per game. Charterland boasts two of the league’s top scorers in Nathan Smith, with 21.7ppg and Jeremy Strickland, 18.5ppg. 

Philippines have a double-headed offensive monster in Darwin Mancenido, 15.7ppg, and Paul Villanueva, 15.3ppg and a league-high 11 3-pointers. Shane Evans offers the biggest bright spot for New Jerusalem, ranking third in rebounding with 10 boards a game. 

Philippines are coming off the most impressive result out of all of Wednesday’s teams. The Filipinos beat Titans, 84-82, last week. Mancenido led the charge with 18 points, 11 rebounds and four steals. Villanueva added 14 points and five steals and Juawon Ebanks chipped in 10 points, seven steals and five assists. 

Titans were led by Damion Henry with 28 points and 14 rebounds and league-leading scorer Bruce Thompson, with 21.8ppg, had 16 points, five steals and four assists. Kadane Hall contributed 14 points and 19 rebounds and Kahlil Mellad posted 10 points and three blocks. 

Titans look to be in good stead to maintain a fourth place spot. The 1-3 Esso Blazers, with Davion Foster, and New Jerusalem are at the bottom of the standings. 

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