By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway
Triggered by five first quarter 3-pointers from Halsted “JR” Chiverton, hosts BVI turned a six points 34-28 first quarter edge into a 22 points lead at one point before running past Guyana, 99-63 in their opener of the 22nd Men’s CBC Championships at the Multipurpose Sports Complex on Tuesday night. The BVI led 57-36 at halftime.
“It was a great win and we’ve worked very hard,” noted coach Keith “88” Malone. “We remained poised, not turning the ball over, made the right decisions in transition—it’s exactly something we were looking for. We trained tirelessly for this and I’m happy for this win.”
Chiverton scored 15 of his team high 17 points in the first half before he left with an injury. Point guard Rashid Cann dropped in nine of his 16 points in the second half as the BVI was able to outscore Guyana—who had no answer to the BVI’s defensive sets—46-20 in the paint. He also dished out nine assists.
Malone credited his coaching staff for the role they played in the game. He said they put their heads together and found ways they could pick Guyana apart after the game was close early in the second half, when they went ahead by 41, 71-38.
Dione Blyden came off the bench for 11 second half points including three of four 3-pointers. Steve Parillon, a late addition to the team finished with 13. Norville “Banana’ Carey dropped in another 12 to the tally, helping the BVI bench outscore Guyana 44-16.
“Guyana had a pro player with them but, I’ve often told my guys, our heart is as big as this gym and tonight, they showed that,” Malone said.
Center Gordon Klaiber led Guyana with 17 points including 6 of 8 from the free throw lane. Rawle Marshall dropped in another 12.
Defending champions U.S. Virgin Islands got a 69% effort from Cuthbert Victor from the field for his game high 19 points as they beat Barbados, 66-53. Jones Phillip followed up with 11. Craig Williams Jr. and Aaron Brown, added 10 respectively to the tally.
The Bahamas opened the tournament by flogging St. Vincent & the Grenadines, 84-53, after leading 46-22 at the half. Bennet Davis finished with 12 points and 7 rebounds and Eugine Baine followed up with 11.
St. Vincent top scorer was Anjani Edwards with a game high 16. John Gardiner added 15 points and 8 rebounds.
Cuba used a 22-5 third quarter run with 4:20 on the clock to turn a close game into and 82-56 whipping of Antigua and Barbuda, as five players scored in double figures.
Luis Haiti had a monster game for Cuba with 20 points and 15 boards. Earnest Scott led Antigua and Barbuda with a game high 23 points and snatched 10 rebounds.