Virgin Islands still unbeaten, Mexico and Puerto Rico win in Centrobasket Day 4August 11th, 2017
10 Victoria Hamilton (ISV) - 9 Lanese Bough (ISV) - Jamaica v Virgin Islands, 2017 Women's Centrobasket 2017 (ISV), St. Thomas(USA), Round Robin, 15 July 2017
ST. THOMAS (WOMEN’S CENTROBASKET CHAMPIONSHIP 2017) - On the fourth day of competition at the Women’s Centrobasket Championship, host Virgin Islands maintained their unbeaten record and added another great victory over Jamaica, and Mexico and Puerto Rico dominated Guatemala and the Bahamas respectively.
Mexico opened the day with an important win over Guatemala by the score of 61-44. The Guatemalans took to the court with great effectiveness and won the first quarter 19-11. However, Mexico recovered and sealed the win early with a big second quarter of 21-4. Guatemala had problems scoring in the game, shooting 25.4% of field, against a Mexican team that shot 40%. The best for Mexico was Alexis Castro with 9 points and 9 rebounds, while for Guatemala it was Emily Rosales with 13 points and 7 rebounds in the loss. With the victory, Mexico improved its record to 3-1 in the championship, over a Guatemalan quintet that still has not won.
Puerto Rico came back strong after falling to Mexico the day before, and won against Bahamas by score of 69-42. The Puerto Ricans did not waste minutes and dominated from the opening minute with an impressive 19-6 first quarter, that had them in the lead throughout the game. Bahamas was erratic on offense with 27 turnovers, against only 13 of a Puerto Rico team that also had a great contribution from its bench with 41 points in the victory. The best for Puerto Rico was Dayshalee Salamán with 14 points, while for Bahamas it was Leashja Grant with 15 points and 11 rebounds in a lost cause. The Puerto Ricans improved their record to 3-1 in the tournament. Bahamas has yet to score victories and is 0-4 in the championship.
The hosts Virgin Islands closed the night with an important victory against Jamaica by the score of 60-40. It was a game in which both teams faced problems to score, with Virgin Islands making a difference with their three points accuracy from where they shot 7/14. Jamaica went through an offensive drought in the second and third quarter, enough to give the hosts an unsurmountable lead for their Caribbean rivals. For the Virgin Islands, Victoria Hamilton had a great offensive performance with 21 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists, while for Jamaica the best was Shenneika Smith with 15 points and 5 rebounds in the loss. With the win, the Virgin Islands remain unbeaten in the tournament with a 4-0 record. Jamaica, meanwhile, has a 2-2 record.
On the fifth and final day of competition in the 2017 Women's Centrobasket Championship, Bahamas faces Guatemala, Jamaica faces Mexico and Virgin Islands faces Puerto Rico.
The best three teams from the Women's Centrobasket Championship 2017 will qualify for the FIBA AmeriCup Women 2017 to be played from August 6-13 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
All the games of this championship can be seen live on the official FIBA channel on Youtube and Facebook.