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JAM/IVB - Jamaica wins gold in CBC Championship:
7/5/2009


TORTOLA (CBC Championship) - Jamaica won the Gold medal in the CBC Championship by beating the British Virgin Islands 65-61 in the finals played in Tortola.

In the first quarter Jamaica used their strength in the paint and took advantage of the bad start by the hosts to dominate 20-10. Samardo Samuels had 7 points and Oritseweyinmi Efejuku 6 for Jamaica in the first ten minutes.

Jamaica kept a double digit lead for most of the second quarter and at halftime the lead was 37-21. Samardo Samuels led with 14 points while for the British Virgin Islands Kennedy Bass and Halstead Chiverton had 5 each.

British Virgin Islands stayed in the game during the second half by winning the third quarter 19-12 to tighten the game 49-40.

In the final quarter the offense by Oritseweyinmi Efejuku, Samardo Samuels and Kimani Friend kept Jamaica with the lead. Two free throws by Oritseweyinmi Efejuku with six seconds left gave Jamaica a four point lead to secure the win.

Samardo Samuels had 17 points,Oritseweyinmi Efejuku 16 and Kimani Ffriend 11 with 10 rebounds for Jamaica.

In a losing effort Kennedy Bass had 19 points and Halstead Charles Chiverton 12 for BVI who qualified for their first Centrobasket.

Positions:

1. Jamaica*
2. British Virgin Islands*
3. Cuba*

4. Trinidad & Tobago
5. Bahamas
6. Barbados
7. Antigua & Barbuda
8. Bermuda

*Qualified for 2010 Centrobasket Tournament.

 


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