Bermuda came back from down to take a one-point lead over S. Vincent and the Grenadines with less than a minute left in the game, only to fall victim to a Shawn King put-back to give SVG a 74-73 win in the first Caribbean Men’s Basketball Championship reclassification round in Tortola, the British Virgin Islands at the weekend.
St. Vincent and the Grenadines took control of the game after Bermuda finished the first quarter 19-16 ahead. St. Vincent and the Grenadines led 36-27 at half time, outscoring Bermuda 20-8 in the second.
St. Vincent and the Grenadines built a 52-33 lead on a basket by Dameon Ottley with 3 minutes, 16 seconds to play in the third, but Bermuda cut the lead to 14 at 56-42 by the end of the period, and rode that momentum into the fourth quarter.
Christopher Crumpler took over for Bermuda, as his three-pointer with 1 minute, 12 seconds to play got his team to within one at 69-68. A Sean Baptiste three-pointer gave St. Vincent and the Grenadines a temporary four-point lead before Crumpler hit a pair of free throws and another three to give Bermuda a 73-72 lead with 37.5 seconds to play.
But then, with 13 seconds remaining, Shawn King connected on a tip-in to give St. Vincent and the Grenadines the winning basket.
Alexis Foyle led SVG with 23 points, King had 17 points and 16 rebounds, and Baptiste registered 15. Crumpler scored 23 for Bermuda, while Steven Simons and Yusef Riley each scored in double figures.
Last night, in one of the biggest comebacks in the Championship, Surinam defeated St. Vincent and the Grenadines 87-80 to clinch 5th place in the Championships. Surinam outscored St. Vincent and the Grenadines 40-15 in the final quarter coming back from an 18-point deficit.
Alexis Foyle led St. Vincent and the Grenadines with 23 points, Shawn King had 18 points and 18 rebounds, and Sean Baptiste added 13 points. Foyle, who had 15 first quarter points helped St. Vincent and the Grenadines take the lead and go into halftime with a 43-39 advantage.
St. Vincent and the Grenadines its lead after the first half with a 20-8 score-line in the third quarter and entered the final quarter with an 18 point advantage.
Trailing the entire game, Surinam turned things around capitalizing off 32 St. Vincent and the Grenadines turnovers and had the highest scoring fourth quarter of the Tournament.