Blazers scorch defending champs

The Dominos Warriors may be the defending national basketball champions but they have not played like it.

Dominos were thrashed 84-61 by the Esso Blazers on Sunday in division one of the Cayman Islands Basketball Association 2012 national men’s league. Camana Bay’s Arts and Recreation Centre hosted its first match of the season.

Warriors forward Rotando Thompson, 28, states Sunday’s contest was a wake-up call for his team.

“I think the Blazers came out ready to play and that caught us off guard,” Thompson said. “We will be trying to bounce back our next time out. It’s a wake-up call, we can’t sleep on the teams we’re playing now. As soon as the ball is tipped we have to be in control until the final whistle.”

The 6ft 8in post player had a quiet game with nine points and six rebounds. To his point, Dominos were blitzed early and never recovered going down 24-5 at the end of the first quarter before losing the second (18-15) and third quarters (19-18). The final period was an even split at 24 points apiece.

Leading the Warriors was Collin Anglin with 27 points (including two three-pointers) and three steals. He had help from Antonio Thompson, who had a brilliant season debut with 15 points (off four treys) and six rebounds.

Esso would counter with four players in double figures. Kevin Maxwell had 21 points and 12 rebounds and Perry Levy threw in 15 points and three rebounds. Shaad O’Garro, who was here on spring break from college, added 14 points (including four treys), 16 rebounds, six steals and Jasen Campbell chipped in 11 points and four assists.

Dominos, now 1-2, play this Sunday, 18 March, at 5.30pm against Shining Stars Childhood Care and Education Centre. Esso, now 3-0, play the Moneygram Philippines at 7pm this Sunday at Camana Bay.