Filipinos launch local hoops league

Filipino basketball talent will now take center stage. 

The Cayman Islands Basketball Association Division Three League held a lavish opening ceremony last Sunday at the association court off Eastern Avenue in George Town. Roughly 10 teams turned up and took part in a uniform parade complete with cheerleaders and trophies. 

Officially titled the Phil-Cay Basketball Tournament, the 2013 season is being sponsored by Saxon MG and Wet Worx. Several players and squads stand out at first glance. Chris Lucas steadies an Asian Retail team that have traditionally been frontrunners. Darryl Paddyfoot stars for Guardians, Rotando Thompson suits up for Carlos and Martin’s and Collin Anglin headlines Tony’s Toys Big Brother.  

The league is a social competition featuring many participants from the Philippines. It generally serves as part of the offseason training for regulars in the national men’s league. Matches are slated to start this Sunday and run until Dec. 1. 

News of the Phil-Cay tournament comes as the Dominos Under-19 Basketball League takes flight. The season opener is slated for Saturday at Camana Bay’s Arts and Recreation Center. At 3:30 p.m., Bodden Town Reapers play Esso Blazers and Wolves battle the Wesleyan Griffins at 7:15 p.m. 


Guardians were among the teams to take part in the uniform parade.