By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway
After winning its first two games against Guyana and Barbados, hosts BVI endured a stretch of shooting misery that saw them watching the Bahamas, Cuba and the U.S. Virgin Islands celebrating with their medals and advancing to next month’s Centrobasket Tournament in Mexico.
Prior to the 22nd Men’s CBC Championships, the BVI had its design on being one of the teams advancing. Unbeaten when they met archrivals U.S. Virgin Islands, they were scoreless for the first 5:49 of the game as the USVI constructed a 13-0 lead en route to mauling them 89-60. A berth in the medal round was their consolation.
Knowing that defending champs USVI had lost to Cuba, 62-60 and could only play for the bronze medal, they had a chance to beat the Bahamas, play for gold or silver and be one of the three teams automatically advancing to Centrobasket.
It looked like the BVI had showed up to play, taking the lead over the Bahamas. Eventually however, the Bahamas went on to devour them, 84-65.
That sent them back to fact the USVI, still with a chance of going to Mexico for the Aug 1-7 Centrobasket showcase.
Unlike 2009 when they hosted and won the silver, there would be no follow up fairy tale.
Starting off much better in their second encounter against the USVI, the BVI even led 23-20 at the end of the first quarter. But the turnover misery struck yet again and the USVI capitalized scoring 22 points coupled with the BVI’s 4 for 20 ineptitude from long range and they were dismantled 102-68 by our neighbors who earned the bronze.
Cuthbert Victor led five USVI who scored in double digits with 20 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Devon Peltier followed up with 17, Kevin Sheppard poured in 14, Johnathan Gray 11 and Laron Smith 10. Rashid Cann dropped in a 19 points, 11 rebounds double double for the BVI’s top score. Captain Kennedy Bass added 14 and Halstead “JR” Chiverton, 11.
Bahamas wins CBC crown
After beating them 77-71 for the right to advance to the medal round, the Bahamas fended off Cuba for the second time to earn the gold medal, following a 75-64 drubbing.
Guyana placed fifth, Barbados sixth, Antigua seventh, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines eight.