...national team’s fifth-place finish best ever at CAC Games

The management of the Super 10 Basketball League (SBL) has congratulated to the Trinidad and Tobago senior women’s basketball team for their performance in the 2014 Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Games where they placed a creditable fifth following their 70-61 win over Costa Rica on Sunday in Mexico.
Despite trailing in the first half 31-38 T&T led by centres Patrice Edwards (captain) and Afeisha Noel with 17 points each rallied to beat El Salvador 70-61 in the final play-off for 5th and 6th positions.
They were supported by point-guard Jowan Ortega 14 points and centre Samantha Wallace with 16 points and 13 rebounds.
T&T won three of its five matches at the CAC games while Jamaica, who are the reigning CBC Champions were beaten by Costa Rica 58-52 for 7th place. Jamaica ended last with no wins in five matches.
In a media release issued on Monday, the management of the league said “It’s the country’s best placing at the CAC Games which makes it a very proud and creditable performance for T&T which placed fourth at the Caribbean Basketball Championships (CBC) in July”
The SBL will also be placing greater emphasis on its women’s division in the upcoming season which will jump-off on December 14 at the Jean Pierre Sports complex, Port of Spain.
“The Trinidad and Tobago women have played in every CBC Championships since 2008 and Centrobasket Tournaments in 2009, 2011 and 2012,” the release added.
“This is the start that T&T basketball needed to move away from the CBC and Centrobasket tournaments in its attempt to vie for more top quality competition that is recognised under the International Olympic Committee (IOC). The next stage is the Pan American Games and FIBA Americas tournament. The leadership of the technical staff headed by Coach Christopher Jackson Charles and team skipper Patrice Edwards must be commended.”