Bahamas blown out by Mexico
Scoring 14 points in a half and four in the second quarter just won’t cut it, and if the under-17 girls’ basketball team wants to snag a win at the Centrobasket Championships, the squad will have to put up more shots and hope they fall.
The team was 9-44 from inside the arc and 0-2 behind the three-point line. When the final whistle was blown, The Bahamas had posted 30 points and their opponents 115. This was the second and most devastating loss in the tournament, which is being played in San Salvador, El Salvador, for the team. The difference in the game was The Bahamas only attempted 46 shots and their opponents 89.
The highest score for The Bahamas was nine points, netted by LaShae Rolle and Valerie Nesbitt. Serena Brown chipped in with four points. In that game, The Bahamas scored 12 points in the first, added four more in the second and closed the half with 14 points. Mexico has a perfect win/loss record while The Bahamas has already suffered two losses and is in a must win situation, in order to play for fifth or sixth.
The team will take to the court against the U.S. Virgin Islands. If they are successful in that game, they will move on to play the fourth seeded team over in Group A. Playing in that group are Puerto Rico, Costa Rica, Honduras and Dominican Republic.
Puerto Rico is the group leader with a blemish-free record. Sitting in second is the Dominican Republic followed by Honduras and Costa Rica. The Bahamas is playing in Group B with Mexico, El Salvador and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Mexico leads the division with El Salvador sitting in second. Both the US Virgin Islands and The Bahamas have yet to win a game.
The Bahamas needed to finish in the top two at the tournament to qualify for the FIBA Americas tournament, which will tip-off next year. According to executive member in the local governing body for the sport, Mario Bowleg, no female team has ever qualified for the prestigious tournament. The junior boys have done so a couple of times and the senior men once.