Team Bahamas looking for redemption against Canada

Team Bahamas looking for redemption against Canada
L.J. Rose (Bahamas) makes a move against Xavier Rathan-Mayes in the first game of the 2019 FIBA World Cup qualification period. (Courtesy of FIBA.com)

The Bahamas men’s national basketball team looks to win its final home 2019 FIBA World Cup qualifying game on Sundayagainst Canada. The Bahamas is 0-3 so far through the 2019 FIBA World Cup qualifying process, as it lost to Canada in its first game, and then against the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI) and the Dominican Republic.

Action on the court kicks off at 6 p.m. at the Kendal Isaacs National Gymnasium.

Despite not having its best players available once again on Sunday, Bahamas coach Mario Bowleg said he has great confidence in the players available.

“We’re a little bigger than we were the first time we played, and we also have a bit more shooting,” Bowleg said. “We struggles with guard play in our last games, and although we may not have players like Lourawls Nairn or Chavano Hield, we have some players with some experience, and we also have some guys that aren’t afraid to get after it.

“We are a bit more scrappy and I like that. At times we had lapses where we just gave up big plays and just let our guards down on defense. I think we’ll have a good showing at home for the last time during the qualification process.”

Canada beat team Bahamas by 34 points,93-69, in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, in November. The Bahamas travels to the USVI and the Dominican Republic in the summer to play the final two games of the 2019 FIBA World Cup qualifying process.