Jamaica hold off Trinidad for second straight win 72-64

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Jamaica hold off Trinidad for second straight win 72-64

Jamaica held off a fighting Trinidad and Tobago squad for a 72-64 win in the final game of Tuesday night’s action when the Caribbean Basketball Confederation (CBC) male under-16 Championship continued at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall in Georgetown, Guyana.

Jalen Menzies and Samora Williams were once again the biggest influence in the game with the former heating up in the second half to keep the Trinidadian squad at bay.

Menzies finished with 23 points and six steals while Williams had 16 points and 13 rebounds in the game. Jabari Cunningham also contributed 11 points.

Jordan Versad who shot the ball better in the second half went 9-31 for 27 points at the end of the game in the loss. Scoring for Trinidad also came from Theo Devoren with 18 points.

Earlier, Jamaica came out running the first quarter and while Trinidad matched the Jamaicans speed, their inability to hit shots from the field.

The Jamaicans also made it their business to deny Trinidad’s star player Versad the ball on inbound plays while trapping the prolific scorer as soon as he touched the ball which resulted in Versad going 2-12 from the field.

However, Trinidad kept the game close playing team basketball with everyone contributing to the score to pull within six points to close out the first half that ended 36-30.

However, Menzies’ hot third quarter, sinking 4-8 for 10 points in the period allowed the Jamaicans to take a 54-48 heading into the fourth which gave the Jamaicans the momentum for the win in the end.