Bajan b-ballers end 3-game losing streak
THE GIRLS have got their win.
Dale-Marie Cumberbatch had a game-high 24 points while Maria Cumberbatch scored 15 off the bench, as team Barbados held off St Vincent 70-63 for that ever elusive victory at the Caribbean Basketball Confederation Championships in Tortola.
It was the much-awaited end to a telling three-game losing skid where the ultramarine and gold dropped all their group games by double digits at an average margin of 29 points.
And they weren’t exactly assured of a win here either, with Barbados never leading by more than double digits for the first three quarters while holding a mere 51-49 cushion heading into the fourth.
But the Bajan lasses never trailed in the fourth after finally putting the clamps on impressive forward Vasha Adams to pull away down the stretch.
They had previously threatened to build a double digit lead at the end of the second quarter, having opened up a 29-21 advantage before Toni Atherley’s trey on the other side of the break put Barbados ahead 38-31.
However, St Vincent rallied behind Adams and the constant off-the-ball movement off Galeine Gordon, whose cuts to the ring spurred a go-ahead 16-8 run (47-46) capped by Sorayah Williams’ trey.
The Vincies never led again though, not once Ashlee Daniel came off the bench for a quick free throw and subsequent baseline jumper to give Barbados a 51-49 lead at the end of the third quarter.
Atherley finished with 14 points while Adams and Gordon led St Vincent with 18 and 17 points, respectively. Barbados are slated to play for fifth-place against the Bahamas today. (JM)