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BVI stays unbeaten with win over Cayman Islands

- Kennedy H. Bass & Kelvin Samuel lead the way
Kelvin Samuel joint top scored with Kennedy H. Bass for the BVI in the 92-78 victory over the Cayman Islands. Photo: Kevin Dawson
BVI out rebounded their opponents, 53-24, were more disciplined in giving away fouls and picked up more second chance points, 19-9. Photo: Kevin Dawson
BVI out rebounded their opponents, 53-24, were more disciplined in giving away fouls and picked up more second chance points, 19-9. Photo: Kevin Dawson
Apart from Bass and Samuel, the BVI also got double digit efforts from Halstead 'JR' Chiverton (13), Norville 'Banana' Carey (11) and Randy George (10). Photo: Kevin Dawson
Apart from Bass and Samuel, the BVI also got double digit efforts from Halstead 'JR' Chiverton (13), Norville 'Banana' Carey (11) and Randy George (10). Photo: Kevin Dawson
The BVI cruised past the Cayman Islands, 92-78, Tuesday night, June 16, 2015 at the CBC Men’s Championship at the Multi-Purpose Sports Complex in Road Town. Photo: Kevin Dawson
The BVI cruised past the Cayman Islands, 92-78, Tuesday night, June 16, 2015 at the CBC Men’s Championship at the Multi-Purpose Sports Complex in Road Town. Photo: Kevin Dawson
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Led by 15 points each from Kennedy H. Bass and Kelvin Samuel, BVI cruised past the Cayman Islands, 92-78, Tuesday night, June 16, 2015 at the Caribbean Basketball Confederation (CBC) Men’s Championship at the Multi-Purpose Sports Complex in Road Town, Tortola.

The BVI sharp shooters were on fire as they went 32/63 from the field, which proved crucial as the Cayman Island’s had better luck from both the free throw line and from long range efforts.

However, the BVI out rebounded their opponents, 53-24, were more disciplined in giving away fouls and picked up more second chance points, 19-9.

Apart from Bass and Samuel, the BVI also got double digit efforts from Halstead 'JR' Chiverton (13), Norville 'Banana' Carey (11) and Randy George (10).

Bass also picked up 9 Rebounds, while Samuel and Leslee J. Smith both had 8 and Carey 7.

Samuel O’Garro led the Cayman Islands with 25 points.

Antigua & Barbuda make light work of Suriname

Antigua and Barbuda moved to 2-0 in preliminary round play at the 2015 Caribbean Basketball Confederation Championships with a convincing 85-50 win over Suriname. Having jumped out to a 16-5 lead on a Kurt Looby alley-hoop with 5:44 to play in the first quarter, Antigua never looked back.

The Bulldogs led after the first quarter 29-13, and at halftime 51-22.

The onslaught continued in the second half, as Antigua opened up a 44-point fourth-quarter lead at 76-32 on a basket by Lennox McCoy. Aside from a 7-0 run in the fourth by Suriname (0-1), Antigua dominated in every phase of the game.

Looby led Antigua with 13 points. Jerome Richardson, Ernest Scott and Sharife Sergeant each had 11. Yves Goedschalk led Suriname with 11 points.

SVG overcome Barbados

Sean Baptiste put his stamp on the second game  for St Vincent and the Grenadines with 6 fourth quarter points in a 70-63 win over Barbados (0-1). Baptiste was the leading scorer with 21 points. Alexis Foyle tallied 19 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists, and Shawn King added 10 points and 16 boards. Nyika Williams provided the spark off the bench with 10 points, 4 steals and 4 assists.

St Vincent started off hot with a 25-9 run at the end of the first period and kept the lead 40-26 heading into halftime.

Barbados jumped out with a 17-4 run in the third quarter to cut the deficit to single digits at the end of three. John Jones and Akeem Marsh netted 14 points, with Marsh pulling 11 rebounds. Keefe Birkett joined in with 11 points.

Bahamas kep Guyana winless

Defending champions, Bahamas (2-0) won convincingly against Guyana (0-2) 89-69 in Group B preliminary play, using a 15-4 run that was ignited by a Kentwan Smith three-pointer at the 6:12 mark in the first quarter. Bahamas were able to control the game after that. Smith finished with 18 points on a perfect 7-7 FG and 3-3 from downtown.

Guyana’s efforts were aided by a strong performance by Dave Causway who had a game-high 19 points, including 11 of his team’s 13 in the third quarter.

Bahamas play Suriname tomorrow at 4:15pm while Guyana take on Bermuda at 2:00pm.

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