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The Bahamas gets a big win against Mexico

  • Team Bahamas member Shamar Burrows is shown on the move against Mexico yesterday. Burrows scored 11 points in The Bahamas’ 77-54 victory over Mexico. They will play the United States today. COURTESY OF FIBAAMERICAS.COM

Guardian Sports Editor

Published: Jun 13, 2013

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It certainly didn’t take The Bahamas long to rebound from an opening day loss to Argentina at the FIBA Americas Under-16 Championships currently ongoing in Punta Del Este, Uruguay.

The Bahamas’ junior boys national team slammed Mexico yesterday, 77-54, and now just needs a win today against the powerful Americans to advance to next year’s International Basketball Federation’s (FIBA) Under-17 World Championships - the highest level in the world for junior boys basketball.

“I think that the cold weather here is really playing a factor on the boys but we were able to overcome that today,” said team manager Anton Francis from Uruguay yesterday. “Mexico lost to the U.S. by 99 points on the first day so we were confident that once we played the way we knew how to, we would come out on top. We had a tough loss to Argentina on the first day. The game was close in the fourth quarter, but then they just started to hit their shots and pull away. We’re looking forward to playing the U.S. tomorrow,” he added.

Overcoming the United States might be easier said than done. Like Francis mentioned, they pounded Mexico on the first day of the tournament and were already ahead of Argentina, 18-2, up to press time yesterday. Argentina beat The Bahamas on Day One, 74-53, as they ended the game on a 16-1 run.

The Bahamas actually trailed early yesterday, falling behind 12-10 to the Mexicans after the first quarter, but they surged ahead 37-19 at the half. According to reports, the zone defense worked wonders for The Bahamas in the second period as they outscored the Mexicans by 20 points in that quarter.

Team Bahamas continued to press the ball defensively and execute offensively, particularly in transition, in the second half. They were ahead, 56-35, at the end of three quarters and coasted to the easy win in the fourth.

The Bahamas shot 46 percent from the floor, compared to 23 percent for the Mexicans. In its first game against Argentina, The Bahamas shot just 31 percent. Understandably, that made a huge

difference in the result this time.

Daejour Adderley paced The Bahamas with 18 points, eight rebounds and six assists. Sebastian Gray added 12 points and seven rebounds and Burrows had 11 points and five rebounds. Saul Santana paced Mexico with 13 points.

The top four teams from this tournament will qualify for the 2014 FIBA Under-17 World Championships.

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