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Seventh place finish for The Bahamas

Team defeated regional rival Mexico twice in the tournament
  • STRONG EFFORT: The Bahamas’ under-16 boys national basketball team finished seventh at the FIBA Americas Under-16 Championships, in Punta del Este, Uruguay. TNG FILE PHOTO

Guardian Sports Reporter

Published: Jun 17, 2013

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Team Bahamas ended up seventh overall, failing to qualify for the 2014 International Basketball Federation’s (FIBA) World Championships, but it was still a remarkable performance by the under-16 team.

It came down to the final shot in the game against Mexico, and The Bahamas prevailed, 60-58, in the game for seventh and eighth, to wrap up its performance at the 2013 FIBA Americas Under-16 Championships. It was The Bahamas’ second victory over Mexico in the tournament, which concluded on Saturday, in PXunta del Este, Uruguay.

The Bahamas outscored Mexico in both the first and second quarters, but struggled to maintain its form in the third, scoring only nine points while Mexico netted 15 points. Despite the mediocre third quarter performance, Team Bahamas still held a four-point lead going into the fourth. Mexico outscored The Bahamas by two points in the final period, but it wasn’t enough to give them the win as Team Bahamas held on.

Leading the way in that game for Team Bahamas was Daejour Adderley with 24 points, two assists, six rebounds and four steals. Qyemah Gibson added 12 points, 10 rebounds and two steals, and Sebastian Gray closed with nine points, eight rebounds and three assists.

The top scorer for Mexico was Rene Melendez Villalobos with 16 points. He added three rebounds, two assists and four steals. Ivan Yamada Venegas scored 15 points and Oscar Pina Ibarra had 10 points.

The four teams advancing to next year’s FIBA World Championships, to be held in June 26-July 6, were the United States of America (USA), Argentina, Canada and Puerto Rico. On Saturday, the USA defeated Argentina, 94-48, and Canada got the best of Puerto Rico, 62-50. Chile and host country Uruguay finished fifth and sixth respectively.

The Bahamas finished third in Group ‘A’ with a win/loss record of 1-2. The group winner was the USA, finishing with a 3-0 record during preliminary play. Canada won Group B.

The Bahamas dropped their opener to Argentina, 74-53, last Tuesday. They were able to bounce back and knock off Mexico, defeating them by 23 points. The final score in that game was 77-54. However, they were blasted by the USA on Thursday, falling 121-52.

Adderley led The Bahamas at the tournament, appearing statistically in a number of the individual categories. He was fifth overall in the assists category with a total of 80. Facu Golla De Leon, from Argentina, led that category with a total of 101. From behind the three-point line, Adderley netted 10 in the tournament and finished sixth.

Gibson swatted 15 balls and finished in a four-way tie for second in the blocks category. Thomas Bryant of USA was the category leader with 18 blocks. Placing 10th in that category was Bahamian Oswald Parker with six blocks. The team is expected to return home today.

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