Barbados were beaten 75-57 by Jamaica in their opening game of the 2015 Caribbean Basketball Confederation Championships at the Multi-Sports Complex, Tortola, British Virgin Islands, last night.
Jamaica, the defending champions, led after each quarter at 27-10, 36-21, 54-37, and were never behind in the game. They dictated every facet of the match-up, out-rebounding Barbados 41 to 36, notching up 16 fast-break points to Barbados’ six, and dominating with 21 assists to Barbados’ six.
Barbados started the game with Ashlee Daniel, Dale-Marie Cumberbatch, Toni Atherley, Jamila Studer and Astrid Alleyne. The Jamaican starting five included Christina Mitchell, Shenneika Smith, Simone Jackson, Yanique Gordon and Jennifer George.
Gordon was first to score in the game as Barbados got off to a cold start on the offensive end with both Dale-Marie Cumberbatch and Studer picking up early fouls. Barbados got on the scoresheet almost a minute and a half into the game after a foul on Daniel who made one of her two free throws. That would prove to be her only point of the game in 11 minutes on the court.
A three-pointer from Smith gave Jamaica a 5-1 lead and from there Barbados were playing catch-up without ever threatening to upset the Jamaicans.
Alleyne was substituted after about four minutes of play after picking up two quick personal fouls. She was replaced by the overseas-based Lana Metesh. Daniel was also taken out of the game by coach Terry Inniss and replaced by another overseas-based player in Jonnel Jackson-Oderson.
The substitutions bore little fruit offensively as Jamaica rushed into a 16-5 lead with Barbados still stuttering on offence. Barbados did not help their cause with numerous turnovers. Indeed, Jamaica were guilty of a spate of turnovers as well but Barbados did not capitalize on these.
The pattern of the game remained the same in the ensuing quarters with 6ft 2in power-forward George giving the Barbados defence all kinds of headaches. The United States-based player was also a terror on the boards ripping down 11 rebounds.
Studer had 13 points for Barbados off 4 from 17 shooting to go along with seven rebounds. Atherley had 12 points to go along with eight rebounds in 33 minutes on the court.
Shooting guard Maria Cumberbatch, coming off the bench, was arguably Barbados’ player of the night. In 20 minutes of action, she had 13 points off five from nine shooting, along with three rebounds.
Other members of the Barbados squad are Ria Phillips, Tiffany Thorpe.
In other games British Virgin Islands beat Guyana 64-61 in a thriller; Antigua beat St Vincent and the Grenadines 72-64; and Bahamas defeated the United States Virgin Islands 67-63.
The Barbados men’s team will fly out to the tournament on Saturday night. Overseas-based John Jones and Jabar Williams are part of the ten-man strong team that will be captained by Jeremy Gill and coached by Nigel Lloyd. The rest of the team is Aamir Morris, Keefe Birkett, Mark Bridgeman, Rahiim Gibbons, Akeem Marsh, Junior Moore, Charles Vanderpool. The men’s leg of the competition runs from June 15 to 21.