Dominant Thundercats on a roll
Thundercats were in dominant form as they defeated the Rockets 79-50 in the One Communications basketball Summer League at Bermuda College on Wednesday night.
Omar Wolfe, of Rockets, said the defeat was to be expected as his team have several players on international duty at the FIBA AmeriCup 2021 Caribbean Pre-Qualifier in Surinam.
“We are without some important players and we just tried to stay positive and come out here and do our best,” he said.
Wolfe said his team's chances of winning in the play-off season will be much greater when their players return. Wolfe had a total of 20 points, seven rebounds and one assist for the game.
On Monday night at Bermuda College, Chargers suffered their second loss of the season against Twister, 71-67.
Junior Warner, of Chargers, said his team were lacking in confidence having lost their previous game by a close margin.
“We tried our best to be confident based off our previous game,” he said. “We tried our best tonight.
Chargers player Leonardo Ballenilla was snatching rebound after rebound. Ballenilla had a total of 15 rebounds, but once in motion, Chargers could not sink the crucial points they needed.
Likewise, Twisters player Josh Nesbitt felt good coming into the game. “We thought we had a good chance,” he said. “We allowed the game to get a little out of our hands. It was a lot closer then we expected.
Nesbitt said he does not envisage Chargers coming back from their losing streak.
“Chargers have tasted defeat and now their chemistry is starting to fall apart,: Nesbit said. “It's the same thing that happened to them last season. They went undefeated for the majority of the season, they got one loss and all of a sudden they just started to fall apart.
Once again, Omari Dill-Pettiford displayed remarkable ball tactics gaining Twisters 43 points. He also had four rebounds, two assists and five steals. Warner is still confident of Chargers' play-off chances.
“We've got a pretty good chance,” he said. “We're leading the league, we're good.”
Chargers player Alex Butterfield had 18 points, eight rebounds, two assists and one block.
In the second game of the evening, Rockets suffered a devastating 73-45 loss to the Flyboys. Wolfe said Rockets had looked to perform with aggression even though they were short players.
“It's disappointing but we're not going to hold our heads down,” Wolfe said.
Wolfe was also upset about the way his team-mates performed. “We didn't play team ball, guys were just out there doing their own thing. We're just going to have to get together as a team and talk about looking forward.”
Wolfe scored 25 points — more than half of his team's total. He also had six rebounds and two steals. Flyboys player Jahmair Trott said his team focused on playing clean and well-executed basketball.
“We still had to stay at our level, a high level,” Trott said. “We couldn't afford to drop at their level.”