June 16, 2015
National female basketballers go one better in CBC

St Vincent and the Grenadines female basketballers ended the 2015 Caribbean Basketball Championships in sixth position, when the championships concluded last Friday.{{more}}

Their final placing saw them bettering their positions by one place over last year’s outing.

Contesting the regional championships for the second year in a row at the Multipurpose Indoor Complex in Tortola, the Vincentians had a solitary win against the host, the British Virgin Islands, in the play-off for the fifth to eighth positions.

St Vincent and the Grenadines won that encounter 71-67, but went under to Antigua and Barbuda 49-57 in the square off for the fifth and sixth places.

Pooled in group A of the preliminary phase, St Vincent and the Grenadines had lost all three matches, losing 64-72 to Antigua and Barbuda and was defeated 54-62 by the Bahamas and 49-62 by the United States Virgin Islands.

The Bahamas, which placed fifth in the 2014 edition, topped the championships, nipping last year’s winners Jamaica, 55-51, in the final. The United States Virgin Islands placed third.

Meanwhile, St Vincent and the Grenadines’ captain Vasha Adams topped in the rebounds with a combined total of 68, with fellow Vincentian Gailene Gordon sixth with 53.

Adams averaged 13.6 and Gordon 10.6 per game. Gordon was seventh in the number of steals.

Adams was fourth among the leading scorers in the championships. Adams, a power forward, registered 87 points, ending with an average of 17.4 in her five matches.

The Vincentian captain also ended fourth in steals with 17, averaging 3.4 per game and finished eighth in the number of shots blocked – 4.

Sheldeen Joseph was the other Vincentian to feature in the top 10 of the various categories – points (seventh), free throws (eighth), free throws average (ninth), steals (sixth) and assists (fifth).

The rest of the Vincentian outfit included Aziza Stowe, Anella Samuel, Nicole Sandy- Stevenson, Dilonie Sam, Kia Prince, Suzette Jackson, Shellisa Davis, Shannique De Shong and Lorna Caesar. (RT)