Thompson soars in Portsmouth

As local basketball continues to move forward many players are excelling abroad.

One of whom continues to do Cayman proud in England.

Forward Cory Thompson had his best game of the season for the Portsmouth Fury last week.

In the team’s 78-72 win over the Southampton Sharks Thompson was the team’s leading scorer with 17 points.

Reports from the English press stated Thompson played well, being a force in the middle and causing havoc with spirited drives inside the paint.

For Portsmouth it was their first win of the 2009-2010 Solent Area Basketball Association season, which began the middle of October.

For the record that association is one of the many pro leagues in the UK and focuses on teams within a distinct region of England.

Thanks to Thompson the Fury currently sit third in the division one standings and are set to play teams from Solent, Whitely and Portsmouth (called the Smugglers).

The Fury have recently been promoted to division one and play home games at Highbury College in Portsmouth.

For Thompson the Fury represent a new team and a step forward on his English basketball journey.

Last season Thompson played with the Southhampton Blazers in the semi-professional England Basketball League.

The Blazers played in the South conference in division three.

As Thompson states the Portsmouth Fury team were one of many choices available to him.

‘I got three offers from different clubs over the off-season. One was from the Fury, the other from division rival the Portsmouth Smugglers (who won the division one title last season) and the other from the Chichester Thunder (who just moved up to division one of the England Basketball League).

‘A Portsmouth team was always the most likely choice for me because I’m doing schooling there.’

Thompson, who is still in his 20’s, is currently attending the University of Portsmouth and hopes to move back to Cayman in the near future.

‘For right now I’ll be in the UK. I should be finishing university in about a year and walk away with a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Design.

‘From there I hope to move back home to Cayman.’

News of Thompson’s exploits come after making a big impact on local hoops this summer.

Thompson first played for the Cayman team at the 2009 Island Games, where Cayman finished fifth in Aaland, near Finland.

From there he took part in the inaugural summer indoor league. He had a big role to play on team Shaolin, which won the division one title.

He even chipped in nine points in the championship game win over the Esso Blazers at the Arts and Recreation Center in Camana Bay.

Lastly he organized the annual Rodney Bodden Memorial three-on-three tournament which made a successful shift indoors.

Rodney Bodden was Thompson’s childhood friend who died over a decade ago at 16 due to sudden heart failure.

That event would prove to be a family affair as Bodden’s mother and sisters came out for the tournament as well as Cory’s brothers Olney and John Thompson.

Thanks to his efforts the Rodney Bodden Memorial Fund, in place to help local youth basketball, raised over CI$1,000.