Barbados defeated Antigua 83-70 in the reclassification round of the Caribbean Basketball Confederation Championship today and will now play Guyana again to determine who will take fifth place in the tournament being played in Tortola. There was little to choose between Antigua and Barbados initially, with the two teams trading baskets through the first two quarters. At half-time the score was tied at 35 with both teams guilty of errant offensive play. Antigua’s Jerome Richardson led all scorers at the half with nine points. Jeremy Gill netted first for Barbados at the start of the third quarter and despite Antigua responding immediately and keeping things tight, the Bajan lads would gradually start to create some daylight between themselves and the Antiguans.
Barbados owed their late ascendancy to strong defensive pressure and their swarming of both the defensive and offensive boards. With transition speed, and better shot selection than in the first half, Barbados were able to maintain a lead throughout the rest of the game to take the 13-point win. Akeem Marsh led the scoring for Barbados with 21 points.