A familiar foe stands in the way of an Esso Blazers repeat.
The Dominos Warriors square off with the reigning champions in the Division One finals of the Cayman Islands Basketball Association National Men’s League. Game one is slated for Sunday, 2 June, at Camana Bay’s Arts and Recreation Centre.
Rotando Thompson is a Warriors veteran who was with the team last year when they were swept in the finals by Esso. Thompson, who was with Dominos in 2011 when they claimed their championship, said it is no surprise the road to a title goes through the Blazers.
“We knew from the time we played them that first Sunday in the regular season it would be an exciting, tough competition,” Thompson said. “We have played together and it will be a good series between us. They’re the defending champs, they’re looking forward to the repeat but our team wants it again.”
Barrett Edri’s Blazers eased into the finals after winning the regular season crown at 8-2 and sweeping George Town Sports Club in the playoffs by scores of 104-59 and 120-87.
Dominos, 6-4, earned their finals berth by dismissing the Silver Bullets in a first round sweep. The Warriors took game one, 82-77, before dominating game two, 94-64. Thompson had a quiet series with four points and three rebounds in the opener. Four other teammates would step up in Collin Anglin, Borislav Djordjic, Vanrick Felix and Jerome Narcisse.
Anglin averaged 18 points and 8.5 rebounds in the series, Djordjic averaged 23 points and 18 rebounds, Felix averaged 17.5 points and six rebounds and Narcisse averaged 23 points and five rebounds.