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Jordan Persad sensational CBC performance! - Jul 9, 2016


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ALBERT-LEE YOUNG
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It was another outstanding performance by point guard Jordan Persad on Friday 8th July running up the stat sheet with a tournament high 41pts, 6 steals and 3 assists as Trinidad & Tobago (T&T) scored a much needed 65-43 win over Dominica. With the victory, T&T finished a disappointed ninth place with a 1-5 tournament record at the Caribbean Basketball Confederation U16 Championships held in Guyana.

It is extremely clear that Jordan Persad lived up to the expectation of representing his country and arguably having the best individual performance of an U16 international tournament we have ever seen. According to most reports emulating from the various journalists and commentators covering the regional championships, Jordan is one man offensive weapon and performed courageously despite being a marked player each game.

Making his international debut on 5th July, Persad scored an amazing 30pts against Aruba in the first half. He finished with a score of 34pts as Aruba employed a Box and one defense against him and which set the strategy for other teams to purse. Against Jamaica he had a tough 27pts in defeat (72-64), followed by 23 against Guyana (69-52) and 31 vs. Suriname (72-56)

As a testimony to his ability, Persad played the entire 40mins in three games and average 36mins in the other two. In the final analysis, Persad averaged 31.2 points, 6 rebounds, 4.8 assists, 4.8 steals per game on 72.9% shooting from the free throw line. He also had 17-three pointers. In addition to his swishing, Persad was dishing off no-look passes and penetrating the key with his excellent ball handling skills. He also demonstrated his ability to hang in the air and use his body well when being contested in lay-up situations. Unfortunately, he recorded 34 turnovers (6.8pg) but in some instances they were not indicative of his performance due to unawareness of his teammates.

He has amazing point guard skills and basketball IQ for a 14yr old player. The championship is a testament of the dedication to his training and will. He thrived and dominated his opponents in spite of having to play in a completely new environment. It was an incredible feat having led his team in points, assists, steals and being among the top rebounders.

Although T&T was playing at this level for the first time in over seven years, the results weren't anticipated. However, it was absolutely astonishing for a young Jordan Persad. He probably wrote his name into the FIBA records and is worthy of consideration in the debate of the best player of the 2016 U16 Caribbean Basketball Confederation Championships.
  



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