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Groups for 2019 Centrobasket U-17 Championships revealed

The Bahamas under-17 boys and girls national basketball teams will play in groups A and B respectively at the 2019 Centrobasket U17 Championships slated for July 2019 at the historic Coliseo Roberto Clemente in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

The girls will head to Puerto Rico first and will be in action from July 7-11. The boys will play in Puerto Rico from July 24-28.

The draw was held on May 1 at the Casa Olympica in San Juan.

Joining The Bahamas on the boys side in group A is El Salvador, the Virgin Islands and the host nation, Puerto Rico.

Mexico, Panama, Jamaica and the 2017 champion, the Dominican Republic, will be playing in group B.

The top three teams will qualify to play in the FIBA U18 Americas Championship 2020.

On the girls’ side, The Bahamas plays in group B against Guatemala, El Salvador and the host nation.

Group A in the girls division features the Dominican Republic, Barbados, Costa Rica and the 2017 champion, Mexico.

The top three teams will qualify to play in the FIBA U18 Women’s Americas Championship 2020.

A week ago, the Bahamas Basketball Federation held tryouts for the boys team at the D.W. Davis Gymnasium. No roster has been named as yet.

The head coach for the team again is Quentin Hall. He will be assisted by Kevin Clarke, Mark Hanna and Denykco Bowles.

For the girls, Varel Davis will be the head coach. She will be assisted by Anthon Francis, Deven Johnson and Shakira Farrington. Shantell Penn is listed as the team manager. They finished sixth places above Suriname and the British Virgin Islands (BVI) in the 2017 edition.

In the 2017 edition, the boys team finished seventh place out of eight teams. The roster included players like Dominick Bridgewater, Samuel Hunter, Kai Jones and Joshua Dames.

Bridgewater led the team with 24.8 points per game.

The team defeated Guyana 91-63 to secure the seventh seed as Guyana placed eighth. In that game, Raschad Greene led the way with 21 points and 17 rebounds. Green averaged a team-high 10.8 rebounds per game.

They lost their first two games against Mexico and Puerto Rico. Their only win in group A was against Guyana. They ended the tournament 2-3.

Valicia Demeritte led the way for the girls in the tournament with 13 points per game. She scored the third highest points in a single game at the tournament with 25 points. She did it against BVI. Brionte Riley grabbed a team-high 8.2 rebounds per game in the tournament.

The girls finished that tournament with a 2-3 record.

Simba French

Sports Reporter at The Nassau Guardian
Simba joined The Nassau Guardian in 2012 as a technical producer for Guardian Radio 96.9 FM. He joined the Editorial Department as a sports reporter in 2018. Simba has covered a wide range of sports stories, including the 2018 CARIFTA in Nassau, Bahamas.
Education: College of the Bahamas, BA Media Journalism

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