Bahamas finishes third in Suriname

Bahamas finishes third in Suriname

The Bahamas women’s national basketball team Thursday mustered up a third-place finish at the Caribbean Women’s Championship, edging Barbados 65-56 in the bronze medal game in Suriname.

Brea Forbes led the way for The Bahamas with 17 points, Sha-Londa Neely added 11 and Valerie Nesbitt chipped in with nine.

Shakila Small had a game-high 18 points in the loss for Barbados.

“This team overcame a lot of inexperience,” said team Bahamas head coach Wayde Watson.

“With the first loss, that was nothing more than the ‘jitters’. Against St. Vincent I changed the starting lineup to get more speed and we saw a difference in regards to rotation. We’re going to get it together.

“This is still a young team and a lot of them have never played at this level. So, we try to ensure they get an appreciation for the competition at this level.”

Team Bahamas suffered a 77-50 loss to Cuba in the opening game on Sunday and picked up a 75-50 win over St. Vincent and the Grenadines on Monday.

Cuba won the Caribbean Women’s Championship, beating the Dominican Republic 66-55.