Thompson: We will be better

Rotando Thompson came up short in
being a national basketball champion this month. But the Lower Valley native is
confident he can challenge for the title next year.

“We’re going to be among the best
teams next season,” Thompson said. “We’re intent on being in the final again.
In fact I’m predicting a Wolves and Warriors rematch.”

Thompson, 26, was the starting
centre for the Dominos Warriors this year. The side lost the championship
series of Cayman’s national basketball league three games to one to the
defending champions Wolves. Thompson had a productive series at the Sir Vassell
Johnson Hall at the University College of the Cayman Islands. The highlight for
him was a double-double in game one (10 points, 13 rebounds). Most times he was
the fourth scoring option behind Collin Anglin, Jerome Narcisse and Chris
Lucas.

In spite of team-mate Antonio
Thompson missing the last two games for technical foul trouble, Rotando
Thompson had no negative sentiments about the finals.

“It’s still a shock to me. The team
I played with this time played hard but they got the win over us. We did our
best but at the end of the day the Wolves prevailed and got the W. It was a
great series and a wonderful experience to play at such a high intensity. I
feel I built up my skills as a result.”

For Thompson, 2010 marks the second
straight year he has lost in the national finals. Last year he was in the same
position with the Esso Blazers, who were swept by the Wolves. Dominos are
Thompson’s third team in his third year playing in the national league. Three
years ago he played with a squad called Trademarks alongside Kael and Chad
Leslie.

Based on that track record the odds
may point to Thompson considering a new team. But the former national team
player states his focus is on improving with head coach Shomari Scott and the
Warriors.

“The series is going to prepare me
for another season and I’m going to play even harder. I’m getting ready from
now. I talked to my team-mates and we believe there will be a next time. What
we have now is our set roster. If anyone comes on board it would be younger
guys. We’re very content with what we have now. We just have to train more.”

For the rest of the summer local
basketball sees a break in action for adult players. The next major competition
will be aimed at the youth in the form of the Appleby Under-19 league which
caters to both girls and boys. The Arts and Recreation Centre in Camana Bay is
slated to host the action beginning in September.

Thompson states adult players have
playing options in the coming months and early next year which he intends to
explore.

“There’s the corporate league in
November and I’m always willing to play in that to stay fit. The Cayman
national team starts training next Spring and I’m looking forward to that.
Outside of that I’ll be doing pick-up games around the place. I’m going to stay
active in basketball for the future and do my best.”

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