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The Bahamas finishes eighth at Centrobasket

Neely and Brown nets double-double in tournament’s closer
Guardian Sports Reporter

Published: Sep 02, 2013

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Two players closing the game with a double-double still wasn’t enough to give The Bahamas the edge in their final match at the under-17 girls’ Centrobasket Championships.

Captain Serena Brown and Shalonda Neely posted their first double-double at a regional competition, on Sunday in the game against the U.S. Virgin Islands. Even with this big performance, the U.S. Virgin Islands still managed to pull off a 79-62 win. However, Neely’s 22 points and 20 rebounds and Brown’s 19 points and 15 rebounds could not go unnoticed, yesterday. In fact, the two local players were the only ones to net the accomplishment in that game. With the 17-point loss, The Bahamas placed eighth in the championships, which was held in San Salvador, El Salvador.

The Bahamas failed to win a game at the qualifying championships, and will now have to start from scratch next year. The team needed to place in the top two in order to qualify for the Tournament of Americas. Playing for the gold and an automatic spot at the tournament was host country El Salvador and Mexico. Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic were set to tip-off in the bronze medal round, leaving Honduras and Costa Rica to play for fifth or sixth.

The encounter with the U.S. Virgin Islands was the second time for The Bahamas at the tournament. The two teams took to the hardwood on Friday, a game which The Bahamas lost by two points, 68-66. Top scorer for the local squad was Valerie Nesbitt with 24 points and seven rebounds, while Neely netted in 20 points and two rebounds. J’Lene Martinez and Ranai Evans, both of which scored 17 points, led the U.S. Virgin Islands.

In Sunday’s game, Akia Frett scored 23 points, five rebounds and 11 assists in the win. Chipping in with 19 points, seven rebounds and one assist was Sherelle George. Other scorers for The Bahamas in the game were Valerie Nesbitt who had 11 points and Kylelanna Higgs with eight points.

Team Bahamas is expected to return home today from the tournament. The under-17 girls’ Centrobasket Championship is the last regional meet on the calendar this year for the Bahamas Basketball Federation.


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