Colome’s basketball career still thriving |

It all started about 15 years ago at the Lawrence Boys & Girls Club and last night she was on court in San Juan, Puerto Rico representing the Dominican Republic in the AmeriCup tournament.

Everything else, well, that’s the roller coaster part.

From MVP at Proctor Academy, to a scholarship player at James Madison University, to her transfer to the University of Rhode Island and starring as a junior (14.1 ppg), then a year of graduate school at Syracuse University ending last March due to COVID -19.

After graduating from Syracuse 13 months ago, it seemed like a good time to move on.

“Actually, technically, I’ve moved on,” said Colome, 24. “And I want basketball to be a big part of that.”

Colome had options after ending his career a year ago at Syracuse, averaging just 1.6 points while playing in half games.

“I was hoping to continue playing professionally, if possible, but COVID-19 not only killed our March Madness potential, but there was no international play at all,” she said.

She returned to Lawrence and decided she was going to wait out the pandemic and play basketball.

Being half Dominican and half Puerto Rican, she had heard of both countries talking about playing for their national programs.

For several months, she worked on her game with Malaquias Canery, a local basketball player.

Colome joined the Dominican team in El Salvador for a tournament with countries of similar talent, using it to prepare for the AmeriCup tournament, which included powerhouses like the United States, Canada and Brazil.

Colome was named All-Star after the tournament, which included a 25-point performance in a loss to Puerto Rico.

“I have regained my confidence in El Salvador,” she said. “I had basically been out for two years. Playing a full match as a starter was huge for me.

The AmeriCup was a tougher race.

The DR team was expected to win one match in the tournament, but lost all four, including a 102-39 loss to the United States, in which they scored 13 points.

The Dominican Republic then lost to hosts Puerto Rico (79-54) and Venezuela (77-66) in Group B matches before facing Canada last night in the knockout playoffs.

But Colome showed pride, ranking second for the Dominicans with 9.0 points per game entering last night’s game with Canada undefeated.

“I want to keep playing and I’ve learned to play against the best competition I can play with anyone,” she said. “I have to keep improving, but I will. It was a wake-up call for me.

When she returns home to Lawrence next week, she will begin to start another basketball-related dream.

She wants to own her own basketball center and teach the game to children.

“I have a property I’m looking at on the Lawrence-Methuen line,” Colome said. “I did team coaching, but that’s not really what I want to do. I want to teach the game, one on one. I love working with children. And I want to be there for the Lawrence kids in particular, just like they, in particular Steve Kelley, were at the Lawrence Boys and Girls Club for me.

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