Early on this season, the Dominos Warriors barely looked like a winning team.
Now the squad is in the division one playoffs for the Cayman Islands Basketball Association 2012 men’s league. The reigning national champions are currently facing the Shining Stars Childhood Care and Education Centre in the first round.
The playoff berth has renewed title hopes in players like Rotando Thompson, 28.
“We’re not going out there for any team to beat us down, we will fight for it,” Thompson said. “Once we go out and play hard, I’m confident in a repeat. In my mind we are the defending champs, once we as a team have that mindset, it will show on the court. We can get it done together.
“Last year felt great. I’d love to repeat but that’s not going to be handed to me. I have to work for it with my team-mates’ help as well. I have faith in Shomari Scott as our head coach. We’re fighting to the end and we know we’re supposed to be here.”
The 6ft 8in post player averaged 8.9 points and nine rebounds per game in the regular season. Thompson had a good defensive effort in the Warriors’ 90-47 blowout of Shining Stars in the regular season finale with four points, 13 rebounds and six blocks.
Dominos hope the top scorers in that game continue their form. Four players were in double figures in Collin Anglin (23 points, 10 assists, six rebounds), Borislav Djordjic (21 points, 12 rebounds), Kenval Bryan (16 points, 14 rebounds, six assists) and Luigi Moxam (14 points off three three-pointers). To no surprise, Anglin (21.4 points per game) and Djordjic (23.3ppg in four contests) paced the side in scoring this season.
Moxam, who is in his early 30s, states the Warriors have the confidence to beat the Shining Stars again.
“We got to be confident, last year was last year,” Moxam said. “We got veteran guys and a veteran coach and we know the steps it takes to accomplish the goal. We got to go one step at a time.
“Guys like Shomari, Collin and I have played together a long time. All of the teams have improved. We had to get ready for each one of those teams.”
Dominos, 4-4, were third in the league while Shining Stars were second at 4-4. Game one of their series took place on Saturday at Camana Bay. Game two is slated to take place this Saturday, 12 May, with game three, if necessary, on 19 May.