The Game Takers are continuing their march to basketball glory.
The squad had a good start to its playoff campaign by crushing Charterland, 70-57, at Camana Bay’s Arts and Recreation Centre last Sunday. The contest kicked off the best-of-three series in Division Two of the Cayman Islands Basketball Association National Men’s League.
Daniel Augustine led Game Takers with 18 points and six rebounds, Nigel Ebanks added 15 points and three rebounds, Cleve Stewart Jr scored 11 points and Nchane Jere netted 10 points and nine rebounds. Jeremy Strickland produced 26 points for Charterland with six 3-pointers and three rebounds. Chris Levers was the other top scorer with 10 points.
Game Takers were the regular season champions at 8-2 while Charterland, the reigning champions, slipped into the postseason at 4-4. With depth and leadership from the likes of Cleve Stewart Snr and Bruce Reynolds, the Game Takers looked poised for a title run while Charterland seems to be fading behind veterans Ovaine Monteith and Nathan Smith.
In the other opening round series, team Philippines thrashed the Esso Blazers, 83-52, in Game One. Naithique Jackson led the Pinoy crew with 15 points, four rebounds and four steals. Rommel Mesina contributed 13 points and six rebounds, Juawon Ebanks posted 12 points and five rebounds and Kevin Hyland registered 10 points and eight rebounds.
Esso countered with 12 points and five rebounds from Gino Brown while Daviel Foster scored seven points and 11 rebounds.
Philippines were second in the regular season at 7-3 behind captains Paul Villanueva and Darwin Mancenido. The Blazers, behind the likes of Justin Nalty, made a remarkable late-season surge to finish third at 5-4.
The playoffs continue on Sundays this month from 4pm at Camana Bay.
Aside from the men’s league, local basketball fans can also watch out for the PwC Under-16 Basketball League. The competition began last month. The boys division features five teams in Bodden Town, Esso Blazers, Kings, Wesleyan Christian Academy and Wolves. The next scheduled games are this Thursday, 13 June, at Camana Bay. Esso faces Wolves at 6pm and Kings battle Bodden Town at 7.15pm.
The girls division features four teams with the next games on Saturday, 15 June, at the University College of the Cayman Islands multipurpose hall. Sparks challenge Comets at 5.30pm while Monarchs tackle Lynx at 6.45pm.