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Centrobasket 2010 - Women Basketball


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Centrobasket Final Standings
 1. Puerto Rico
 2. Jamaica
 3. Mexico
 4. Trinid/T
 5. Dominican Rep.
 6. US Virg.Isl
 7. Saint Vincent
 8. Guatemala

Centrobasket Group Stage Standings
Group A
 1. Jamaica 3-0 
 2. Mexico 2-1 
 3. Dominican R. 1-2 
 4. US Virg.Isl 0-3 
Group B
 1. P.Rico 3-0 
 2. Trinid/T. 2-1 
 3. Guatemala 1-2 
 4. Saint Vinc. 0-3 
Points Per Game
 Carmen GUZMAN
  USA
  (175-G-85)
  Avg: 20.2
 1. Guzman, DOM20.2 
 2. Gomez, MEX19.0 
 3. Amado, GUA17.8 
 4. Louden, JAM17.6 
 5. Javois, ISV17.2 
 6. Edwards, JAM17.0 
 7. Codio, TRI17.0 
 8. Gidden, JAM15.4 
 9. Sepulveda, PUR14.6 
 10. Silva, MEX14.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Simone EDWARDS
  JAM
  (193-C-73)
  Avg: 11.2
 1. Edwards, JAM11.2 
 2. Gidden, JAM11.0 
 3. Williams, TRI9.0 
 4. Phillip, TRI8.6 
 5. Gomez, MEX8.4 
 6. Sepulveda, PUR8.0 
 7. King, VIN7.4 
 8. King, VIN7.4 
 9. Selman, TRI7.4 
 10. Castro, MEX7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Rhea CODIO
  TRI
  (165-G-88)
  Avg: 8.4
 1. Codio, TRI8.4 
 2. Guzman, DOM6.4 
 3. Lopez, GUA6.0 
 4. Louden, JAM5.8 
 5. Sepulveda, PUR4.6 
 6. Gonzalez, PUR4.5 
 7. Ramirez, MEX4.4 
 8. Morton, DOM4.2 
 9. Rosado, PUR3.6 
 10. Petersen, ISV3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Carmen GUZMAN
  USA
  (175-G-85)
  Avg: 5
 1. Guzman, DOM5.0 
 2. Codio, TRI4.4 
 3. Morton, DOM3.2 
 4. Frias, DOM3.2 
 5. Mitchell, JAM3.2 
 6. Montas, DOM2.8 
 7. Petersen, ISV2.8 
 8. Lopez, GUA2.8 
 9. Garcia, MEX2.6 
 10. Mercado, DOM2.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Sorayah WILLIAMS
  (--84)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Williams, VIN2.3 
 2. Williams, VIN2.3 
 3. Fleischmann, GUA1.8 
 4. Edwards, JAM1.4 
 5. Phillip, TRI1.4 
 6. Garcia, MEX1.2 
 7. Rojo, MEX1.0 
 8. King, VIN0.8 
 9. King, VIN0.8 
 10. Williams, TRI0.8 

Puerto Rico clinch 2010 Centrobasket title (Photo:elnuevodia.com)

 
Puerto Rico 2010
Starting Five in BOLD letters
Starting five
Pamela Rosado
Rosado
Jazmine Sepulveda
Sepulveda
Michelle Pacheco
Pacheco
Angelie Morales
Morales
Esmary Vargas-Sanchez
Vargas-Sanchez
4 Stephanie Rosado 188-F-89 IPFW USA
5 Pamela Rosado 161-G-86 Morovis M. Puerto Rico
6 Jazmine Sepulveda 175-G-85 Odra Brzeg Poland
7 Carla Escalera 175-F-84 Carolina G. Puerto Rico
8 Juanita Rivera 187-C-71 Morovis M. Puerto Rico
9 Michelle Pacheco 173-G-88 Manhattan USA
10 Tanaira Tapia C-83 Juncos V. Puerto Rico
11 Sandra Garcia 191-F-90 Wake Forest USA
12 Angelie Morales 180-F/G-87 UPR-Bayamon Puerto Rico
14 Marie Placido 181-F-87 Mayaguez I. Puerto Rico
15 Esmary Vargas-Sanchez 193-C-81 MUKS Poznan Poland
Omar Gonzalez Head Coach Quebradillas Puerto Rico
 

Puerto Rico wins the Gold in Mayaguez  - Jul. 15, 2010 
FINAL
Jamaica - Puerto Rico 48-72
Puerto Rico smashed Jamaica in the 2010 Centrobasket Finals. It means that Puerto Rico won the Gold medal at this championship with the perfect record (5-0). On the other side, the Silver belongs to Jamaica. Both teams booked a spot for the 2011 FIBA-Americas Championship (Pre-Olympic) and also for the 2011 Pan-American Games in Guadalajara. Jazmine Sepulveda (175-G-85, agency: Merit Sports, college: S.Florida) shined for the winners with 20 points and 6 assists. Pamela Rosado (161-G-86) had 11 points and 5 assists, while Stephanie Rosado (188-F-89) and Angiely Morales (180-F/G-87) added 10 points each. In Jamaica, Vanessa Gidden (191-C-85, college: Hofstra) collected 20 points and 9 rebounds. Nicole Louden (172-G-83, college: Auburn) stopped on 11 pts and 6 assists. Puerto Rico took control on Jamaica from the early beginning. Jazmine Sepulveda and her teammates made nice 12-24 in the first quarter sending a clear signal they are going to take this one. However, Jamaica improved in the second frame closing the gap to 30-37 until the half time. Third quarter was the crucial one in this finals. Puerto Rico intensified defense stopping Jamaica to just 5 points for ten minutes, while they drained 20 on the other side. Puerto Rico was huge 22 points up and question about the winner was resolved. They ended last quarter 13-15 for the final 48-72 victory and the Gold medal in Mayaguez.

Places 3-4
Trinidad and Tobago - Mexico 65-78
Mexico won the Bronze in Mayaguez. Erika Gomez (187-F/C-76) and her teammates outplayed Trinidad and Tobago to finish 2010 Centrobasket as No.3. With this victory Mexico also booked a ticket for the 2011 FIBA-Americas Championship (Pre-Olympic). Erika Gomez stepped up her team with 19 points and 10 rebounds. She was the MVP of the game with valuation 22. Abril Garcia (190-F/C-81, college: ORU) followed her with 16 points and 7 boards, while Brisa Silva (168-G-84, college: Oklahoma St.) added 15 points. Monica Garcia (87) helped with 10 pts and 8 assists. In the loosing squad, Rhea Codio (165-G-88) collected 22 points and 6 assists. Jonee Billy (188-F/C-84, college: Mount Holyoke) stopped on 13 pts. Mexico shined in the first and third quarter, what was enough for the victory in this game. Opening period belonged to Mexico 12-18, but Trinidad and Tobago replied with 24-22 in the second frame. Still, Mexico held 36-40 lead at the half time. After the breather, Erika Gomez and her teammates had another very productive period scoring 22 points. At the same time they stopped Trinidad and Tobago to 13 for nice 49-62 lead with ten minutes to go. Last quarter was just the formality (16-16) and Mexico won the Bronze in Mayaguez.

Places 5-6
Dominican Republic - U.S. Virgin Islands 94-55
Dominican Republic is the fifth ranked team in Mayaguez. They blasted the U.S. Virgin Islands in the crucial game for position No.5 ending this event with two straight wins. Naturally, the ISV is No.6 in 2010 Centrobasket. Charlenny Frias (84) was the leading scorer in victory with 21 points. Johanna Morton (88) was behind her with 17 points and 7 assists. Carmen Guzman (175-G-85, agency: Merit Sports, college: UAB) added 16 pts in this win. On the other side, the ISV got 26 points from Yanique Javois (176-G-86, college: Saint Louis). Tamara Petersen (87) was the last player with double-digits in scoring in this game with 12 points (6 rebs, 6 as). Domincan Republic was a way better team in this meeting. Charlenny Frias and her teammates dominated in all basketball elements against the ISV. They finished first quarter with 25-14 and the second one with 16-12 for nice 41-26 lead at the half time. Nothing has changed after the breather. Dominican Republic still was the team who dominated and finished Q3 with 22-16. They exploded in the last ten minutes as well (31-13) for the final 94-55 blowout and the fifth place in Mayaguez.

Places 7-8
Saint Vincent - Guatemala 36-96
Guatemala avoided the last place in Mayaguez. They destroyed Saint Vincent 36-96 and finished as No.7 in 2010 Centrobasket Championship. Saint Vincent ended dead last without a single win. Emily Rosales (181-F-94) shined for Guatemala with 18 points and 6 rebounds. Cynthia Rivera (180-F/C-82) also had important role adding 16 points and 5 rebounds. Actually, Rivera was the MVP of this meeting with valuation 23. Blanca Amado (180-G/F-79) (5 rebs) and Irma Loaiza (81) added 13 points each. Saint Vincent did not have any player with double-digits in scoring. Sheldeen Joseph (92) had 9 pts and 6 boards in this defeat. Everything was clear after the first quarter in this game. Guatemala shined at the both sides of the court scoring 20 pts in offense and limiting their rival to one single point for ten minutes. Saint Vincent drastically improved in the second period netting 17 pts, but they needed a way more (17-19, Q2). Guatemala was 21 points up at the half time and continued in the same rhythm after that. Guatmala finished Q3 with 6-32 and the last one with 12-15 for the final 36-96 victory.


Puerto Rico and Jamaica to meet in the Finals  - Jul. 14, 2010 
Semifinals

Jamaica - Trinidad and Tobago 62-59

Jamaica outsmarted Trinidad and Tobago in very exciting game and advanced to the Big Final in Mayaguez. Jamaica celebrated 62-59 in the Semis and will fight for the Gold against Puerto Rico. On the other hand, Trinidad and Tobago will play against Mexico for third place. Simone Edwards (193-C-73, college: Iowa) stepped up for the winners with 17 points and 13 rebounds. She was the MVP of this meeting with valuation 24. Tajay Ashmeade (191-C/F-89) was the second scorer in Jamaica with 12 pts (6 rebs). Nicole Louden (172-G-83, college: Auburn) (10 rebs, 6 as) and Vanessa Gidden (191-C-85, college: Hofstra) (5 rebs) added 11 points each. In defeat, Rhea Codio (165-G-88) was good with 16 points and 8 assists. Sharmion Selman (183-F-83) scored 12 points. Jamaica was better team in the first, while Trinidad and Tobago shined in the second half. Jamaica made 15-11 lead in the first ten minutes and looked good. The same score was registered in the second period as well, thus Jamaica was 30-22 up at the half time. Trinidad and Tobago entered to the second half with totally different attitude. They managed to close the gap to 5 points before the last ten minutes. Trinidad and Tobago seriously threatened in the finish, but Jamaica players were focused and managed to keep their lead. The Big Final, as well as the game for third place, are scheduled for Wednesday.

Puerto Rico - Mexico 78-63
Puerto Rico continued its winning streak in Santo Domingo. It was their fourth straight win, but this one came in Semifinals so Puerto Rico will fight for the Gold against Jamaica. On the other side, Mexico will meet Trinidad and Tobago in the battle for third place. Carla Escalera (175-F-84) shined for the winners with 13 points and 5 rebounds. Jazmine Sepulveda (175-G-85, agency: Merit Sports, college: S.Florida) had double-double of 11 points and 12 boards, while Michelle Pacheco (173-G-88) also scored 11 pts. In the loosing squad, Alexis Castro (183-G/F-86, agency: 22ft, college: Vermont) replied with 19 points and 12 boards. Erika Gomez (187-F/C-76) had 16 pts in this defeat. Mexico had a better start. Alexis Castro and her teammates opened the game with nice 17-23 in the first ten minutes. However, Puerto Rico players woke up after that and drastically improved their game. They finished the second period with 25-12 for 42-35 turn at the half time. Puerto Rico smashed Mexico in Q3 as well (20-9) and the game winner was already decided. Last quarter belonged to Mexico (16-19), but that did not change anything. The Big Final, as well as the game for third place, is scheduled for Wednesday. Both teams already qualified for the 2011 FIBA-Americas Championship for Women (Pre-Olympic). Puerto Rico also booked a spot for the 2011 Pan-American Games in Guadalajara.

Places 5-8
Dominican Republic - Saint Vincent 138-31
Expected win for Dominican Republic, who made the first step forward to fifth place in Mayaguez. They had an easy job against Saint Vincent, who stays winless at this event. Saint Vincent will meet Guatemala in the game for seventh place. Charlenny Frias (84) top-scored for Dominican Republic with 25 points. Marbely Montas (173-G-87, college: Monmouth) also was great as she added 22 points and 10 boards. Still, the MVP of this game was Carmen Guzman (175-G-85, agency: Merit Sports, college: UAB) with valuation 36. She spent 18 minutes on the court collecting 18 points, 8 rebounds and 11 assists. Saint Vincent did not have any player with double-digits in scoring. Sheldeen Joseph (92) had 9 pts in this loss. There is no too much to be said for this game. Dominican Republic simply was a way better team. They finished Q1 with huge 36-12 and continued in the same rhythm. Dominican Republic stopped their rivals to just 2 points for the entire Q2. On the other side, they drained 35 for 71-14 lead. Second half was just the formality. Dominican Republic ended Q3 with 34-12 and the last one with 33-5 for the final 138-31 blowout. In the battle for fifth place Dominican Republic will meet the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Guatemala - U.S. Virgin Islands 63-79
The U.S. Virgin Islands cruised past Guatemala 63-79 in the first game of the Classification Round for 5th to 8th place in Mayaguez. It means that the ISV will meet Dominican Republic for position No.5. Guatemala will play against Saint Vincent to avoid the last place at Centrobasket. Yanique Javois (176-G-86, college: Saint Louis) exploded in victory with 28 points. She made 9 of 14 attempts for FG2. Natalie Day (183-G/F-90) also was great in this game adding 21 points and 8 rebounds. The ISV did not have any other player with double-digits in scoring. In Guatemala, Blanca Amado (180-G/F-79) replied with 26 points and 5 boards. Maria Fleischmann (181-F/C-79) added 20 points and 8 rebs. The ISV did a great job in the first half. Yanique Javois and her teammates entered to this game strongly making 10-21 lead in the first ten minutes. Second period ended 11-13 meaning that the ISV was 13 points up at the half time. Guatemala slightly improved after the breather, but they needed a way more. The ISV won Q3 with 18-21 and last one was totally leveled 24-24 for the final score of 63-79.


Preliminary Round is over in Mayaguez  - Jul. 12, 2010 
Group A
Mexico - U.S. Virgin Islands 81-37
Mexico finished Preliminary Round as No.2 in Group A with 2-1 record. It means that the host of the 2010 Centrobasket advanced to Semifinals, where they will meet Puerto Rico. On the other side, the U.S. Virgin Islands finished Preliminary Round winless as the last ranked team in the group. Brisa Silva (168-G-84, college: Oklahoma St.) top-scored for the winners with 23 points. Alexis Castro (183-G/F-86, agency: 22ft, college: Vermont) was the MVP of this meeting with valuation 28. Castro spent 25 minutes on the court collecting 18 points and 10 rebounds. Abril Garcia (190-F/C-81, college: ORU) (5 rebs) and Erika Gomez (187-F/C-76) (8 rebs) helped with 14 and 12 points respectively. In the loosing squad, Tamara Petersen (87) collected 10 points and 9 rebounds. She was the only ISV player with double-digits in scoring. Mexico was a way better team in this game. Alexis Castro and her teammates dominated in all basketball elements and the ISV was not able to resist. First quarter ended 19-9 for the hosts, while ISV took the second one with 9-11. Mexico showed its real face after the breather. They drained 30 points for ten minutes, while limiting ISV to just 9. At that time question about the winner was already resolved. Last quarter was just the formality, but still Mexicans won it 23-8 for the final 81-37. All Semifinals games are scheduled for Tuesday. The ISV will continue in Classification Round and their first rival will be Guatemala.

Jamaica - Dominican Republic 79-76
Jamaica finished the Preliminary Round in Mayaguez with perfect 3-0. It means that Jamaica goes to Semifinals as No.1 of Group A and will meet Trinidad and Tobago. Dominican Republic (1-2) failed to advance and will move to Classification Round for 5th to 8th place. Nicole Louden (172-G-83, college: Auburn) was totally the best player in this game. She spent 36 minutes on the court collecting 33 points and 5 assists. Simone Edwards (193-C-73, college: Iowa) also had very important role for Jamaica adding 17 points and 13 rebounds. Vanessa Gidden (191-C-85, college: Hofstra) had 15 pts and 15 rebs. Carmen Guzman (175-G-85, agency: Merit Sports, college: UAB) shined in defeat with 27 points and 7 boards. Jennifer Estrella (88) followed her with 15, while Andreina Paniagua scored 12 pts. Last quarter was the crucial one in this game. Before that, the opening period was totally leveled (15-15). Dominican Republic took control on its rival in Q2 ending it with nice 12-19. It means that Carmen Guzman and her teammates held decent 7-point lead at the half time. Jamaica improved after the breather and managed to close the gap to one point before the last ten minutes. In the finish of this game Jamaica players were more concentrated and managed to win the last quarter 25-21 for the final score of 79-76. All Semifinals game are scheduled for Tuesday. At the same day Dominican Republic will meet Saint Vincent in Classification Round.

Group B
Guatemala - Puerto Rico 53-87
Puerto Rico registered another easy win in Mayaguez. That is third straight victory for them for the perfect score and position No.1 in Group B at the end of the Preliminary Round. Thus, Puerto Rico will meet Mexico in the Semifinals. We have Guatemala on the other side, who finished as No.3 in this group with 1-2 score and will go to the Classification Round for 5th to 8th place. Jazmine Sepulveda (175-G-85, agency: Merit Sports, college: S.Florida) led the winners with 16 points and 8 rebounds (valuation 27). Angiely Morales (180-F/G-87) had 14 points and 6 boards, while Stephanie Rosado (188-F-89) added 13 points and 11 boards. In Guatemala, Maria Fleischmann (181-F/C-79) collected 18 points and 7 boards. Blanca Amado (180-G/F-79) had 10 pts. Puerto Rico did a great job in the first half. Jazmine Sepulveda and her teammates finished Q1 with excellent 6-27. They continued in the same rhythm and finished the second quarter 7-21 for impressive 13-47 HT lead. Question about the winner was already resolved. Despite that fact, Puerto Rico had nice third quarter as well. They finished with 15-24 and than slowed down. Guatemala used that to cut the margin a little but and that was all from them. Both Semifinals games are scheduled for Tuesday. Guatemala will meet the U.S. Virgin Islands at the same day (Classification Round).

Trinidad and Tobago - Saint Vincent 101-46
Easy win for Trinidad and Tobago, who finished Preliminary Round as No.2 in Group B with 2-1 record. T&T advanced to Semifinals, where they will take on Jamaica. On the other side, Saint Vincent ended this stage with three huge defeats. They will be transferred to Classification Round for 5th to 8th place. Alicia Liverpool (188-C-85) was the leading scorer in victory with 20 points and she grabbed 9 rebounds beside that. Rhea Codio (165-G-88) had 16 points and 10 assists, while Sharmion Selman (183-F-83) also scored 16. Rhonda John-Davis (F/G-75) helped with 13 points and 7 boards. In Saint Vincent, Tenicha Gittens (163-G-81) delivered 19 points. Sorayah Williams (84) had 15 pts and 9 boards. Trinidad and Tobago won every single quarter in this game. They started with 23-9 in Q1 and continued with 22-9 in the second period. It means that T&T was 45-18 up after twenty minutes of play. Nothing has changed after that. T&T was still the team who dominated and finished Q3 with 24-12. They blasted Saint Vincent in Q4 as well 32-16 for the final 101-46 victory. Both Semifinals games are scheduled for Tuesday. Saint Vincent will meet Dominican Republic at the same day (Classification Round).


Day Two in Mayaguez  - Jul. 11, 2010 
Group A
Jamaica - Mexico 78-73
Jamaica made a huge step forward to Semifinals after 78-73 win against Mexico in Day Two. It means that Jamaica has perfect 2-0 in Preliminary Group A and currently is No.1. At the same time, Mexico faced with the first loss and dropped to 1-1. Simone Edwards (193-C-73, college: Iowa) stepped up for the winners with 22 points and 13 rebounds. Nicole Louden (172-G-83, college: Auburn) followed her with 21 points, 5 boards and 7 assists. Vanessa Gidden (191-C-85, college: Hofstra) also had important role in this win adding 13 points and 10 boards. Erika Gomez (187-F/C-76) replied with 19 points and 11 rebounds on the other side. Alexis Castro (183-G/F-86, agency: 22ft, college: Vermont) had 17 pts and 7 boards. Jamaica did a great job in the first and third quarter. After opening ten minutes, Simone Edwards and her teammates were 20-14 up. However, Mexico replied in the second frame making a 36-38 turn (HT). Jamaica recovered playing a great third quarter. They finished it with 24-15 for decent 7-point lead before the lat ten minutes. Last period belonged to Mexico, but they needed a way more in order to avoid defeat in this game. In Day Three, Jamaica will meet Dominican Republic. Mexico will play against the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Dominican Republic - U.S. Virgin Islands 97-70
First win for Dominican Republic in Mayaguez. Both teams failed in Day One, but Dominican Republic jumped to 1-1 now, while the U.S. Virgin Islands dropped to 0-2. The ISV has no chance to reach the Semifinals at this event. Carmen Guzman (175-G-85, agency: Merit Sports, college: UAB) was totally the best player in victory. She spent 27 minutes on the court collecting 25 points and 5 rebounds. Guzman was the MVP of this meeting with valuation 24. Sugeiry Monsac (186-F/C-81) had 13 points and 5 boards, while Andreina Paniagua (78) and Jennifer Estrella (88) helped with 10 points each. In the loosing squad, Yanique Javois (176-G-86, college: Saint Louis) replied with 16 points. Victoria Hamilton (183-G-91) had 14 pts and 8 boards. Dominican Republic was slightly better in the first quarter making 22-19 lead. Carmen Guzman and her teammates exploded in the next ten minutes making a crucial lead. Dominican Republic scored 33 points in this period, while limiting the ISV to 17 for excellent 55-36 at the half time. The game winner was already known and last ten minutes were just the formality. Anyway, Dominican Republic ended Q3 with 21-19 and the last one with 21-15 for the final 97-70 blowout. In Day Three, Dominican Republic will meet Jamaica. Mexico will play against ISV.

Group B
Guatemala - Trinidad and Tobago 59-95
Trinidad and Tobago blasted Guatemala so both teams have 1-1 score in Group B. T&T faced with defeat against Puerto Rico in Day One, while Guatemala was better than Saint Vincent. Now, T&T has way better chance to reach the Semifinals. Sharmion Selman (183-F-83) and Rhea Codio (165-G-88) shined in victory with 20 points each. Selman pulled down 13 rebounds beside that, while Codio handed out 13 assists. Rhonda John-Davis (F/G-75) scored 16, while Jonee Billy (188-F/C-84, college: Mount Holyoke) added 14 pts and 10 rebs. In the loosing squad, Blanca Amado (180-G/F-79) top-scored with 15 points. Ligia Del Valle (171-G-87) had 12. Trinidad and Tobago was much better team in this game. Sharmion Selman and her teammates made 14-26 lead in the first ten minutes sending a clear signal who the winner of the match will be. They were better in Q2 as well for 33-48 HT lead. Nothing has changed after the breather. Trinidad and Tobago still dominated jumping to plus 18 before the last ten minutes. Than in the last quarter Guatemala gave up and Trinidad blasted them 8-26 for the final 59-95 victory. In Day Three, Trinidad and Tobago will meet winless Saint Vincent. Guatemala will take on strong Puerto Rico.

Puerto Rico - Saint Vincent 130-32
Puerto Rico destroyed Saint Vincent for perfect 2-0 in Group B. It was an expected win for the strong Puerto Rico team, whose main goal is to take this championship. Saint Vincent on the other side already lost the chance to reach the Semifinals and they will probably end this stage winless. Michelle Pacheco (173-G-88) came up with 22 points and 8 assists in victory. She was the MVP of this game with valuation 31. Jazmine Sepulveda (175-G-85, agency: Merit Sports, college: S.Florida) had 18 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists, while Sandra Garcia (191-F-90) added 15 pts. In defeat, Sorayah Williams (84) shined with 17 points and 5 rebounds. The second scorer was Tenicha Gittens (163-G-81) with 8 points. What to say for this game. Puerto Rico simply was better in all basketball elements. Saint Vincent players were not able to resists against strong PUR and faced with huge 130-32 defeat. Quarters in this game: 37-9, 24-7, 39-8 and 30-8. In Day Three, Puerto Rico will meet Guatemala. Saint Martin will play against Trinidad and Tobago.


Day One in Mayaguez  - Jul. 11, 2010 
Group A
Mexico - Dominican Republic 82-81
Mexico grabbed thriller win against Dominican Republic in Day One of the 2010 Centrobasket. Mexico escaped with 82-81 victory for 1-0 in Group A. Beside the above mentioned teams, participants of the same group are also Jamaica and the U.S. Virgins Islands. Erika Gomez (187-F/C-76) stepped up for Mexico in this game with 29 points and 10 rebounds. She was the MVP with valuation 23. Brisa Silva (168-G-84, college: Oklahoma St.) helped with 16 points and Alexis Castro (183-G/F-86, agency: 22ft, college: Vermont) added 10 pts. In the loosing squad, Sugeiry Monsac Sierra replied with 16 points and 10 boards. Carmen Guzman (175-G-85, agency: Merit Sports, college: UAB) had 15 points, 7 boards and 9 assists, while Charlenny Frias (84) also scored 15. Mexico opened the game better making 24-20 lead after ten minutes of play. Dominican Republic woke up after that and took control on their rivals. Sugeiry Monsac Sierra and her teammates scored 20 pts in the second period, while they stopped Mexico to 13 for 37-40 lead at the half time. Than after the breather it was Mexico who dominated once again finishing Q3 with 23-14 for 60-54 turn. Dominican Republic did not give up and they grabbed back the lead in the finish. However, a basket by Brisa Silva with just 8 seconds left on the game clock secured the victory for the Mexicans, which fought the Dominicans from beginning to the end. In Day Two, Mexico will meet Jamaica. Dominican Republic will take on the U.S Virgin Islands.

U.S. Virgin Islands - Jamaica 62-73
Jamaica did a great job in Day One of the 2010 Centrobasket in Mayaguez. Jamaica outplayed the U.S. Virgin Islands 62-73 making a first step forward to Semifinals. Both teams are together with Mexico and Dominican Republic placed to Preliminary Group A at this event. Simone Edwards (193-C-73, college: Iowa) shined for the winners with 21 points and 7 rebounds. Vanessa Gidden (191-C-85, college: Hofstra) also had a very important role adding 18 points and 16 boards. Nicole Louden (172-G-83, college: Auburn) added 12 pts and 5 assists. In ISV, Tanecka Carey (175-G) responded with 19 points and 5 boards. Yanique Javois (176-G-86, college: Saint Louis) scored 16 pts. First quarter was pretty leveled. Actually, Jamaica won it by one (14-16) and they improved in the second period a lot. Tanecka Carey and her teammates drained 20 points for the next ten minutes, while limiting ISV to 14 on the other side. It means that Jamaica had nice 28-36 lead at the half time. Third period was the crucial one in this game as Jamaica moved up to plus 15 after it and the game winner was resolved. Last ten minutes, which belonged to ISV 16-12, were just the formality. In Day Two, Jamaica will meet Mexico. The U.S. Virgin Islands will take on Dominican Republic.

Group B
Trinidad and Tobago - Puerto Rico 50-69
Puerto Rico had an easy job against Trinidad and Tobago in Day One of the 2010 Centrobasket. It was comfortable 50-69 win for Puerto Rico, who has 1-0 in Preliminary Group B. Also in Day One, Guatemala destroyed Saint Vincent 105-54 in this pool. Stephanie Rosado (188-F-89) led the scorers in victory with 14 points. Michelle Pacheco (173-G-88) had 12 points and 5 boards to help her country. Esmary Vargas-Sanchez (193-C-81, college: Emporia St.) (6 rebs) and Angeiely Morales (180-F-87) (5 rebs) added 10 points apiece. In Trinidad and Tobago, Rhea Codio (165-G-88) delivered 11 points and 5 assists. Jonee Billy (188-F/C-84, college: Mount Holyoke) had 10 pts and 7 boards. Puerto Rico resolved question about the winner already in the first half. Stephanie Rosado and her teammates made nice 10-17 lead in the opening quarter sending a clear signal that Trinidad will not have a chance. Puerto Rico shined in Q2 as well (8-19) jumping to 18-36 lead at the half time. Puerto Ricans slowed down after that, but still managed to keep the big plus. Third quarter ended 14-16, while the last one belonged to Trinidad and Tobago 18-17 for the final score 50-69. In Day Two, Puerto Rico will meet Saint Vincent. Trinidad and Tobago will play against Guatemala.

Saint Vincent - Guatemala 54-105
Guatemala destroyed Saint Vincent in Day One of the 2010 Centrobasket in Mayaguez. It was a 54-105 blowout win for Guatemala, who jumped to 1-0 in Preliminary Group B. Beside Guatemala and Saint Vincent, other participants of the same pool are Puerto Rico and Trinidad and Tobago. Blanca Amado (180-G/F-79) top-scored for the winners with 25 points. Cynthia Rivera (180-F/C-82) was the MVP of this game with valuation 31. She spent 23 minutes on the court registering 23 points and 5 boards. Diana Crespo (177-G/F-85) helped her country with 17 pts. In defeat, Sorayah Williams responded with 22 points and 10 boards. Tenicha Afeefah Gittens had 13 pts. Guatemala totally smashed Saint Vincent in the first quarter. Blanca Amado and her teammates drained magnificent 35 points and at the same time stopped their rivals to just five. It was a clear sign what to expect for rest of the game. Still, Saint Vincent improved in the second period loosing it just by one (21-22). Third quarter was another good one for Guatemela (18-28), who jumped to impressive 39-point lead before the last frame. Last ten minutes ended 10-20 for the final 54-105 blowout. In Day Two in Mayaguez, Guatemala will play against Trinidad and Tobago. Saint Vincent will meet Puerto Rico.


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