February 22, 2021
Back in November in the second window of the FIBA AmeriCup 2022 Qualifiers, The Bahamas lost 91-85 to Puerto Rico. In that game, The Bahamas went into the fourth quarter up 71-67, and Puerto went on to outscore them 24-14 in the fourth quarter to win the game.
Once again, The Bahamas’ senior men’s national basketball team was their worst enemy in the fourth quarter against Puerto Rico as they fell 102-97 in the FIBA (International Basketball Federation) AmeriCup qualifying event at the Roberto Clemente Coliseum in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on Saturday night.
With that loss, The Bahamas ended the group stage with a 1-5 win/loss record and failed to qualify for the 2022 FIBA AmeriCup. Advancing out of Group D are the United States of America (6-0), Puerto Rico (3-3) and Mexico (2-4). The Bahamas’ only win came against Mexico in the first window last year February.
Leading the way for The Bahamas on Saturday night was Mychel Thompson with 21 points, three rebounds and four assists. He got help from Travis Munnings who scored 14 points, grabbed seven rebounds and dished out nine assists. Also scoring in double digits for The Bahamas were David Nesbitt (13), Dominick Bridgewater (12), Kentwan Smith (10) and Tavario Miller (10).
Jose Juan “JJ” Barea led the host with a game-high 26 points, and added seven rebounds and eight assists. He scored 19 points in the second half.
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