The roster for the Future Sports Club basketball team is impressive. However that promise on paper has not translated to success on the court.
Coming into this week Future were near the bottom of the standings in division two of the 2011 national men’s basketball league. Put on by the Cayman Islands Basketball Association, the competition takes place Wednesdays at 6pm and Sundays at 4pm.
The latest result was a 23-point defeat to fellow West Bay squad the Shockwaves at the University College of the Cayman Islands hall. Before that Future suffered a 29-point blowout to top-ranked Charterland and a 10-point loss to the Rock Hole Fire Ants.
As previously mentioned Future has the talent to improve. Leading the way are names like Jarrett Terry, Nigel Ebanks and Terry Ballard. All are West Bay residents and no strangers to local basketball having suited up for Future in past competitions. There are also some talented newcomers like Terricki Myles, Brad Galbraith and Neith Rhinegold.
Terry, 19, states Future’s struggles are due to a lack of chemistry.
“Everyone has an alpha factor,” Terry said. “Everyone thinks they’re the main one. We’re good individually but as a team we lack communication. Honestly we’re also in need of a coach and direction from the sidelines. Right now Terry (Ballard) is a player coach and he has the pressure of trying to build the team while playing good.
“We also have a lot of new players so we’re lacking team chemistry. But I feel, given enough time, we will produce closer games if not victories.”
Next up for Future is a match with the Ritz-Carlton Lions. The sides square off on Wednesday 4 May at 8pm in the college hall. That contest follows a showdown for first place between unbeaten Charterland and the Shockwaves.