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Bahamas blowout Guyana 84-57 to lift CBC U16 trophy - Jul 11, 2016


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THE final game of the Caribbean Basketball Confederation (CBC) U16 came to a furious end with the Bahamas closing the tournament storming through the finish line with a blowout 84-57 win over hosts Guyana.Guyana battled back from a monstrous 40 point lead in the fourth quarter in front of the near capacity Cliff Anderson Sports Hall crowd to cut the deficit by 13 points. With that, the game finished with a score of 84-57 and with the win, the Bahamas held onto the gold they had won in the last championships held in Antigua and Barbuda in 2008. The second place was history for Guyana, who finished with their highest finish after first competing in 1999 when the tournament was also held at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall. The Bahamian side dominated the game from the whistle with their fast pace in transition game. Also playing a huge role for Bahamas was the size the team had in the post. Bahamas opened the highly anticipated matchup with an up-tempo game for a quick 9-1 lead before Kevon Wiggins scored eight straight points for Guyana to tie the game 9-9. However, the height advantage for the visitors on the offensive end of the court along with their early perimeter shooting gave the Bahamians momentum going into the second quarter with a 30-18 lead. There was nothing Guyana could do despite Wiggins' 12 first quarter points. The second quarter saw the Bahamas continuing to pound the ball in the paint, with an inside out style of basketball that extended the lead to 28 points by the end of the half. The Guyanese had no answer on defence for the Bahamian while not being able to score on offense and the game went into the half 54-26. The third quarter was much of the same, however a change came at the beginning of the fourth quarter with Guyana fighting back to salvage their pride. With the home crowd behind them, Guyana scored 24 fourth quarter points while holding the Bahamians to their lowest quarter total all tournament with 11. 'This win was for the fans back home, we came and we did what we had to do' was the Bahamian coach Quentin Hall, commenting on the win. For the Guyanese it was bittersweet, losing in the finals but winning so much more. According to coach Lugard Mohan and Kenny Avent getting into the FIBA Centro Basket Championships in 2017 was their main goal. 'We as a coaching staff are proud of what these kids did today and they defied expectations, Guyana basketball won tonight and we will come back stronger' stated Coach Lugard. For the Bahamas Domnick Bridgewater dropped a game high 34 points to go along with eight steals and received the Most Outstanding Player trophy. Samuel Hunter was the next best contributor with 10 points. Kevon Wiggins had team-high 25 points and 14 rebounds while Nigel Bowen was the only other player in double digits with 10 points. Meanwhile, Jamaica finished third in the tournament defeating Barbados in a close matchup that saw Jamaica coming back from 10, to win by 8 points 66-58. The male version of the tournament has come to a close and the Bahamas, Guyana and Jamaica have all qualified for the FIBA U17 CentroBasket Championships. The female leg of the CBC U16 Championships l begin tomorrow.
Courtesy of: guyanachronicle.com   



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