Havana Cuba) – The Dominican women’s basketball team advanced to the final of the Caribbean Championship, which takes place in Havana, Cuba, and also qualified for the Centrobasket.
The Dominicans, who had a 3-1 record in the preliminary phase, will play for gold this Sunday against the Cubans (4-0), after beating the Bahamas 81-58 on Saturday afternoon.
The Dominican team adjusted their defense after the break, ran the court and moved the ball very effectively, to take control of the match and clearly beat the Bahamians.
After a very close first half in which the Dominicans were up by just four (31-27), the Bahamas found their opponents to have a better defense that did not allow them to take comfortable shots and forced them to constantly miss. That was taken advantage of by the team led by Alberto Zabala to run the field to achieve 29 points in transition and a total of 44 in the paint.
Point guard Yohanna Morton, who had missed the previous game, reappeared and led the Dominican Republic with 14 points, 11 assists, 7 rebounds and 5 steals. Of the 27 field goals the team made, 25 came from assists.
Cesarina Capellán also added another 14 accountants, while Anyi Hodge and Yamile Rodríguez added 10 each. Veteran center Sugeiry Monsac also shone with 9 points and 11 rebounds.
For the Bahamas, Denika Lightbourne was the best with 16 points, followed by Valerie Nesbitt with 11 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists and Britenique Harrison with another 11 points and 12 rebounds.
The largest of the Antilles did not give rise to surprises and comfortably passed Jamaica. Cuba dominated all facets of the game. In the first half they had already built a 42-24 lead but in the third period they definitively stepped on the accelerator by allowing only 4 points to their rivals while they got 32 (74-28). In total, the Jamaicans could barely score 12 points in the second half of the game.
Eugenia Fraguela stood out for the locals with 20 points and the experienced Yamara Amargo added 16. Bexy Claro and Melissa Despaigne finished with 10 each. In total, the Cubans shot a very high 52% from the field, including 6 of 15 from behind the arc.
In Jamaica, no player reached ten points. Ashlee Gordon, Faatimah A and Christeina Bryan each closed with 6.
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Women’s Basketball RD advances to the CBC final and qualifies for Centrobasket