With the local basketball season nearly over, the Dominos Warriors are in dire straights.
The reigning national champions are fourth in division one of the Cayman Islands Basketball Association 2012 men’s league. A 2-3 record has them behind the 3-3 DHL Wolves, the 4-2 Shining Stars Childhood Care and Education Centre and the 5-0 Esso Blazers.
Though Dominos look far from a repeat champion, players like Luigi Moxam state the confidence is there.
“We got to keep working on what we got to work on,” Moxam said. “Once we improve on our weaknesses and our positives we have a good chance of repeating. We’re a transformed team from last year.
“We’re looking at the next game from here on. We have to focus on the team we play. We can’t win without focusing on each team each week we play.”
Dominos are next in action this Sunday, 15 April, at Camana Bay’s Arts and Recreation Centre. The squad is slated to battle the Blazers at 7pm. The Warriors head into the action with the league’s worst offence (scoring only 310 points) and the second-best defence (allowing 355 points). Esso meanwhile are the top defensive side (giving up a league-best 312 points) and are fourth in scoring (with 384 points).
Moxam has helped offensively with 9.4 points per game. The Warriors have the potential for an upset behind Director of Sports Collin Anglin, the league-leading scorer (20.2ppg) and free-throw shooter (81.8 per cent). Esso meanwhile are riding high with talents like Deandre Simpson (10.4 points and 14 rebounds per game) and Perry Levy (13 points, 4.6 rebounds and 3.4 assists per contest).
One of the guys that can make a difference for Dominos is Rotando Thompson, 28. The 6ft 8in post player is averaging 9.8 points and nine rebounds per contest. Thompson states his club will rebound down the stretch.
“We got our weaknesses and we are missing players,” Thompson said. “Getting Boka (Borislav Djordjic) back relieved pressure off of me and we can bounce back. The losing streak taught us something as a team.
“We have to get it together for the next few games and hopefully in the next round we can get it going. Playoffs are a possibliity with our players back in time.”