Smoothie King blend proves too rich for Big Brother

Local basketball ended the year with a familiar name on top.

Smoothie King repeated as champions of the Phil-Cay Basketball Tournament, also called the Cayman Islands Basketball Association Division Three League. Led by the likes of Jon Paul Azul, Carlo Archibold and Stephen Shaw, Smoothie King won their best-of-three championship series against Big Brother/Tony’s Toys just before Christmas at the association court off Eastern Avenue. The series needed all three games to decide a winner after the orange warriors won game one before Tony’s Toys rallied back to take game two.

The 2013 title completes a successful run under head coach Ferdie Ramiento that has resulted in consecutive championships. Smoothie King also had a stellar regular season campaign, finishing second at 6-2. Big Brother were fifth at 5-3 behind the likes of Collin Anglin, Dwight O’Garro and Carlo Manuel.

Asian Retail ended up third overall as the perennial contenders won the consolation final over Carlos and Martin/Lone Star. Behind Christian Ferrer and Chris Lucas, Asian Retail were third in the regular season with an identical 6-2 record to Curtis Wilson and the Lone Star team.

The Phil-Cay Basketball Tournament, sponsored by Saxon MG and Wet Worx, started play in September with a total of nine teams, eight of which qualified for the postseason. In addition to the aforementioned sides, Caixchel were fourth at 5-3, ahead of the 3-5 Guardians, 2-6 Ambassadors and 2-6 Hamlyn Electronics. Miracle Brokers International, who went 1-7, did not make the playoffs.

A number of noteworthy local basketball talents competed in the tournament, a social competition featuring many participants from the Philippines that generally serves as part of the offseason training for regulars in the national men’s league. Rotando Thompson suited up for Carlos and Martin’s, Darrell Paddyfoot starred for Guardians and Hamyln featured Kevin Maxwell and Vanrick Felix.

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