Guyana tops Group 'B' to advance to final 4
After Suriname defeated Trinidad moments before the start of their game, not only did Guyana have to win but win by scoring 70 or more points and that is what the host nation did with a 73-57 win against Jamaica in the final preliminary game of the Caribbean Basketball Confederation (CBC) male under-16 championship that continued on Thursday at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall in Georgetown, Guyana.
Despite a fourth quarter show by Jamaican star Jalen Menzies, Guyana's defence that was always on point throughout the game held up to hold off the Jamaicans while notching their third win in the preliminary round along with a place in the final four.
It was a definitely a clutch performance by the Guyanese squad who will now have a chance to make the final which is scheduled for Saturday as they handed Jamaica their only loss of the preliminary round.
Jordan Alphonso bullied his way in the post for a stellar double-double performance of 22 points and 12 rebounds while Kevon Wiggins shot the lights out for 16 points. Shamar France also played well for 13 points while Akeem Crandon dominated the offensive glass 10 points and 22 rebounds with 14 of those being on the offensive glass.
Jalen Menzies scored 12 of his 25 points in the final quarter while Samora Williams recorded a double-double of 17 points and 17 rebounds.
With the win, Guyana has topped Group 'B" and will face Barbados in the semi-final while Jamaica will face the Bahamas in the other semifinal.
Meanwhile, Guyana started with a brilliant 2-3 zone defence that held Jamaica to just six points in the first six minutes of the game while Guyana displayed brilliant offensive movement with France looking like a star with a step back three before nailing a mid-range buzzer-beater to end the first quarter with Guyana up 16-11.
Alphonso played great individual defense as well finishing with two blocks in the opening period, one being a nasty chase down block that sent the ball out of bounds.
Guyana's defense continued to shut down Jamaica's star players Menzies and Williams in the second period while Crandon was an offensive glass eater that helped Guyana use a 10-0 run to extend their lead to 33-19 to finish the first half up by 14 points.
In the third Guyana controlled the tempo and ran the ball for a few easy buckets, however, it was their defense that continued to be the key as they were able to extend their lead to 19 points with their defense.
Jamaica hold off Trinidad for second straight win 72-64
Jamaica held off a fighting Trinidad and Tobago squad for a 72-64 win in the final game of Tuesday night's action when the Caribbean Basketball Confederation (CBC) male under-16 Championship continued at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall in Georgetown, Guyana.
Jalen Menzies and Samora Williams were once again the biggest influence in the game with the former heating up in the second half to keep the Trinidadian squad at bay.
Menzies finished with 23 points and six steals while Williams had 16 points and 13 rebounds in the game. Jabari Cunningham also contributed 11 points.
Jordan Versad who shot the ball better in the second half went 9-31 for 27 points at the end of the game in the loss. Scoring for Trinidad also came from Theo Devoren with 18 points.
Earlier, Jamaica came out running the first quarter and while Trinidad matched the Jamaicans speed, their inability to hit shots from the field.
The Jamaicans also made it their business to deny Trinidad's star player Versad the ball on inbound plays while trapping the prolific scorer as soon as he touched the ball which resulted in Versad going 2-12 from the field.
However, Trinidad kept the game close playing team basketball with everyone contributing to the score to pull within six points to close out the first half that ended 36-30.
However, Menzies' hot third quarter, sinking 4-8 for 10 points in the period allowed the Jamaicans to take a 54-48 heading into the fourth which gave the Jamaicans the momentum for the win in the end.
CBCU16 - Williams, Menzies lead Jamaica to OT win over Suriname
Jamaica rode the hot hands of Sheveron Williams and Jalen Menzies to pull off a 80-67 come from behind win in overtime when the Caribbean Basketball Confederation (CBC) male under-16 championship continued on Sunday at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall in Georgetown, Guyana.
Jamaica trailing throughout the entire game finally took the lead in the fourth quarter with four minutes remaining.
However, Menzies would hit one of two free throws with 18.6s left in game to send the thriller to overtime.
Menzies followed his clutch free throws with a three-pointer to open overtime followed by a mid-range jumper from Williams to give Jamaica the lead that they never relinquished thereafter.
Meanwhile earlier, Williams was hot as he dropped a game high 32 points to go along with 23 rebounds while Menzies who displayed his sick handles with a few ankle breakers on his opponents dropped 28 points in the win. Jabari Cunningham had 10 points in the win.
Keatan Weibolt top scored for Suriname with 14 points while Chevaro Kioppenburg was unstoppable in the low post with 13 points.
by CBC / Treiston Joseph
Jamaica Departs for U16 Caribbean Basketball Championship
Kingston, Jamaica, - Jamaica Basketball Association, Under 16 Male
Basketball Team, participates in the 2016 Caribbean Basketball Championship to be held
Jamaica's Under 16 Men's Basketball Team will depart Kingston Jamaica, on Thursday
June 30, 2016, courtesy of Fly Jamaica, to participate in the Caribbean Basketball
Championship to be held in Georgetown, Guyana, from Saturday July 2, 2016 to Saturday
July 9, 2016. Guyana will host nine (9) countries for the Competition. Teams will be
placed in two (2) Groups. Jamaica has been drawn in Group B and will face Aruba,
Guyana, Suriname and Trinidad & Tobago. The Teams drawn in Group A are Antigua &
Barbuda, British Virgin Islands, Bahamas, Barbados & Dominica. The Team will return to
the Island on Sunday July 10, 2016.
Jamaica has not participated in this Championship since 1998 and the JBA recognizes
this as a huge step for the development of youth Basketball in Jamaica. The Team has
been through rigorous training for over two (2) months. They are ready and revving to go
and "JAMINATE", and are confident that they will be victorious.
Our Under 16 Team will comprise 12 players - 9 Local and 3 Canadian based. They will
be escorted to Guyana by:- Tarry Upshaw, Head Coach; Lennox Lindo and David Black,
Assistant Coaches; Mr. Poyser, Video Personnel; and Dr. Mark Broomfield, Head of
Delegation/Manager & President of JaBA.
Sponsors of the Team are Fly Jamaica; KFC; Future Energy; Gatorade; Nutrition
Products Jamaica; GC Foster College and the Sports Development Foundation.
Jamaica Basketball Association is appreciative of the sponsors and media for the
support received and hope that the partnership will continue for the future and the
development of Basketball across the island.
CBC website www.caribbeanbasketball.com
JBA website - www.basketballjamaica.com
Guyana wins bid to host CBC U-16 Championships
April 20, 2016
Guyana won the bid to host the Caribbean Basketball Confederation (CBC) Under-16 Male and Female Championships that will be held during July 2-9. Guyana Amateur Basketball Federation (GABF) made the disclosure recently.
The CBC U-16 Championships will qualify three teams to the 2017 CentoBasket U-17 Men and Women’s Championships. It was reported last month after the CBC General Assembly that the official host would have been chosen this month.
“This being Guyana’s Golden Jubilee year of Independence, it will be a wonderful opportunity to showcase the school players,” GABF President, Nigel Hinds said, adding that it is the perfect opportunity to show how sport and education come together.
“This will be a first for Guyana and an exceptional opportunity for the school administrators and student-athletes in Guyana to underline the development and promotion of sports as part of the school curriculum,” he continued.
Hinds informed that the host budget for the Championships is $60M. Guyana was the front runner to host the CBC U-16 Championships. The Caribbean Basketball Confederation is a Sub-Zone of FIBA (The International Basketball Federation).
Vice-President of Finance and Marketing at CBC, Patrick Haynes, who is also a Honorary General Secretary at the GABF, played a crucial role in helping Guyana secure the bid.
Hinds is a FIBA Governance Commission Board Member. Hinds and Haynes had represented Guyana at the prestigious CBC Assembly.
FIBA Americas to visit 23 countries including Jamaica as they implement New Competition System in 2017
SAN JUAN (Americas) - The regional office of the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) in the Americas has announced it is set to visit 23 countries to meet with top officials on the road to strengthening relations towards implementation of FIBA’s New Competition System coming into effect in 2017.
The visits are planned to take place in three phases. The first phase of countries to visit are Chile, Colombia, Paraguay, Panama, Dominican Republic, Bahamas and Cuba on April-June.
The second phase will consist of visits to Antigua & Barbuda, Jamaica, Barbados, British Virgin Islands, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Virgin Islands and Trinidad & Tobago. In the third phase there will be visits to Argentina, Brazil, Canada, USA, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Uruguay and Venezuela.
During the visits, the delegation of FIBA, that will consist of 6 people led by the President of America’s Regional Office Mr. Usie Richards along with its Regional Director Mr. Alberto Garcia, will meet with government authorities, executives of the national federation, as well as private companies, potential sponsors and the media.
In the meetings, FIBA’s New Competition System will be presented, detailing the new era that it represents for basketball all over the world - one which features 1,680 top players during 1,200 national teams games and millions of fans all around the globe
In addition, executives of the national federations and stakeholders will receive a workshop on the rights and obligations of the entity in order to guarantee a successful tip-off in 2017.
"This New Competition System has as its main goal the strengthening of the federations through having their national team playing at home. The moment has come for us as the International Federation to visit each country that has the possibility of participating in this system in order to meet with every stakeholder in the process to inform and obtain the necessary support so that they can maximize their road to the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup. We are aware of the challenges and extra effort that this New Competition System represents for the national federations and we want to help them be prepared for the future and ensure their success going forward.”, said FIBA Americas President, Mr. Usie Richards.
Jamaica Female Team
Jamaica Basketball Team - Adrian Uter