Bahamas finishes sixth at Centrobasket

The Bahamas junior girls national basketball team finished sixth overall at the 2017 International Basketball Federation’s (FIBA) U-17 Girls Centrobasket Championships in Aguada, Puerto Rico.

Team Bahamas fell 75-50 to Guadeloupe in the fifth place game on Saturday.

Both Valicia Demeritte and Breontae Riley had nine points each in the loss. Shaian James added five points and 10 rebounds off the bench.

Team Bahamas got off to a slow start to the game. They trailed 14-2 at the end of the first quarter and ended the first half down 30-21. Guatemala turned up its defense in the third, holding team Bahamas to just 11 points in the period, while they poured in 25 points. The Bahamas never got closer than within 15 points in the fourth quarter.

Guatemala forced the Bahamas into 32 turnovers in the game, which they converted into 33 points on the opposite end of the floor. At one point Guatemala’s lead ballooned to 27 points before The Bahamas cut into the deficit.

Luisa Enriquez led Guatemala with 19 points on 8-for-13 shooting from the field. Salma Barrios added 14 points and Natalie Larranaga chipped in with 12 points.