Barbados lose opener to SVG
BARBADOS DIDN’T get the start they hoped for.
Not to the tournament or the game.
The ultramarine and gold staged one valiant comeback, erasing all but one of an 18-point deficit before ultimately falling 70-63 in their Caribbean Basketball Confederation Championships opener to St Vincent at the Multi-Purpose Sports Complex in Tortola.
Struggling at both ends of the floor, the Bajans quickly fell behind 27-9 in the opening period but rallied behind a 17-4 run in the third quarter to pull within one (44-43).
However, Quincy Jackson hit back-to-back treys towards the end of the period as St Vincent re-opened a 60-47 advantage early in the fourth.
Barbados did rally again though, reducing the deficit to just five (66-61) on baskets from Jeremy Gill that sandwiched an Akeem Marsh jumper.
But they never got any closer the rest of the way once Nyika Williams ended the surge with a short jumper.
Marsh led Barbados with 14 points and 11 rebounds while Baptiste top-scored for St Vincent with 21. Barbados are slated to face hosts British Virgin Islands on Wednesday night before playing long-time rivals United States Virgin Islands the following night.