Bahamas thump Guyana 114-63 in CentroBasket opener

- Hercules says team was timid

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By Treiston Joseph

Guyana had a tough opener against the Bahamas in the CentroBasket Under-17 tournament, losing 114-63 on Wednesday in the Dominican Republic.

Guyana started slow with a tough first half, scoring only 10 and 11 points in the first and second quarters respectively, while Bahamas scored a total of 73 points in the first half.

However, Guyana found some groove in the second half with a 27-point third quarter effort, outscoring the Bahamians by eight points in the period. The lead however, was simply too much for the Guyanese players who can definitely improve as the tournament continues.

Guard Kevon Wiggins had a game-high 32 points and four steals for Guyana, while Nigel Bowen had 13 points and seven rebounds in the loss as well. Dominic Bridgewater was the high point man for the Bahamas with 27 points and eight steals.

Manager of the Guyana team, Junior Hercules, told News Room Sport on Wednesday night, “The guys played with a bit of fear to begin with and the game ran away from us then; we won the third (quarter) and competed in the second half, but it goes back to how they played in the beginning with a bit of fear,” Hercules noted.

Guyana will next play Puerto Rico on Thursday (July 27).

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