Smoothie King extinguishes Blazers

Smoothie King looks set for more basketball kudos. 

After nabbing consecutive championships in the Cayman Islands Basketball Association Division Three League, the Filipino side is off to a good start in Division Two of the Digicel National Men’s League. Smoothie King defeated Sol Blazers 85-64 in their season opener last week at Camana Bay’s Arts and Recreation Center. 

Andrew Diaz led the winners with 26 points, Jovert Macasling contributed 17 points, Jerrick Villestas added 13 points, and Eric Morata posted 10 points. Gino Brown scored 15 points for Blazers, followed by 13 points apiece from Travis Barnes and Javon Seymour. 

Back in December, Smoothie King ended another winning campaign in the Phil-Cay Basketball Tournament under head coach Ferdie Ramiento. The side boasted playmakers like Jon Paul Azul and edged out eight other teams that featured division one players such as Collin Anglin, Kevin Maxwell and Christian Ferrer. 

Smoothie King is next in action on Feb. 27 against the Cayman Islands Hoopsters. Their opponents, members of Cayman’s national Under-19 program, made a solid first impression for their inaugural campaign with a 60-57 win over the Rock Hole Fire Ants. Jamel Winton and Joshua Ebanks-Brown paced the youngsters with 14 points apiece with Naithique Jackson nabbing 13 points. Jermaine Taylor led Rock Hole with 15 points, Cruz Solomon added 12 points and Jason McKenzie had a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds. 

Another interesting result last week saw Charterland clobbering the NEC Titans, 110-76. Jeremy Strickland went off for 40 points and 10 3-pointers for the surveyors, Chris Levers scored 25 points, David Conolly posted 15 points and Ovaine Monteith added 11 points. The Titans relied on 18 points and 12 rebounds from Darrell Paddyfoot with Bruce Thompson notching 14 points, Kadane Hall contributing 13 points and Jerome Lapena registering 12 points. 

Week two of the competition starts on Monday as Juniors challenge Rock Hole at Camana Bay from 6:15 p.m. Juniors, a second youth team representing the Under-19 program, played its opener last Thursday against Team Philippines and showcased notable prodigies like Arin Taylor, Juawon Ebanks and Albis Amaya. The Pinoy crew countered with talents such as Darwin Mancenido and Paul Villanueva. 


Darwin Mancenido is a Filipino talent.


Arin Taylor is one of Cayman’s best prodigies. – PHOTOS: MATTHEW YATES


Gino Brown scored 15 points for Blazers.


Eric Morata hopes to lead Smoothie King to another title.