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Sports In Brief

TENNIS

JUNIOR NATIONAL

TEAMS NAMED

THE Bahamas Lawn Tennis Association announced the names of the players who will be representing the Bahamas at the ITF/COTECC Pre-Qualifying World Junior Tennis Championship Event in the Dominican Republic March 11-17.

The WJTC is the biggest U-14 event on the tournament calendar for Central America and the Caribbean. The Bahamas boys and girls will be competing against the best Under-14 teams in the CAC region with the winners advancing to play in a qualifying event against the USA, Canada and Mexico.

The team will be headed by the number one seeded player in the U-14 ranking Ieasha Shepard, a student of Queens College and a veteran of international team competition. She will be joined by Gabriela Donaldson, the No.2 ranked player in the U-14 category locally and a student of Rick Macci Tennis Academy. The youngest member of the team is Sydney Clarke, the No.1 ranked player in girls U-12 in the Bahamas and she attends Seventh-Day Adventist School.

The boys team is being led by to veterans of international team competitions, O’neal Mortimer and Danny Wallace. Both players attend St John’s College and are the No.1 and 2 in the Boys U-14 local rankings. The newcomer on the team is Brandon Taylor who will be making his debut on the Bahamas national tennis team. Brandon attends St Andrew’s School.

The teams will be coached by Marvin Rolle, local touring professional and Davis Cup team member and Ricardo Demeritte, local coach, both with extensive team competition experience and team travel.

BLTA president Derron Donaldson congratulates the players on being named to the Bahamas WJTC team and wishes them well in the competition and encourages them to give their best efforts at all times.

TRACK

CARIFTA QUALIFIERS

THE Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations’ statistician Ricardo Rolle has released the names of the athletes who have attained the qualifying standards in their respective events so far for the BTC Carifta Games.

U-17 GIRLS

100M - Janae Ambrose

Long Jump - Andira Ferguson

High Jump - Bria Sands

Shot Put - Brashae Wood

High Jump - Selene Thompson

U-17 BOYS

400M - Henry Delauze

Kinard Rolle

High Jump - Blayre Fernander

Ken Mullings

U-20 GIRLS

100M - Carmiesha Cox,

Devynne Charlton

100H - Devynne Charlton

200M - Shaunae Miller

400M - Shaunae Miller

Triple Jump? Taryn Rolle

U-20 BOYS

110H - Kirk Lewis

200M - Stephen Newbold

400M - James Williams,

Stephen Newbold

400H - Xavier Coakley,

Joshua Stubbs

High Jump - Laquan Nairn

Long Jump - Latario Collie-Minns

Triple Jump -

Latario Collie-Minns

Lathone Collie-Minns

Javelin - Denzel Pratt

BASKETBALL

NPBA POSTSEASON

THE Commonwealth Bank Giants and the Mail Boat Cybots took game one of their respective best-of-five semifinal playoff series on Thursday night as they get closer to a rematch of the New Providence Basketball Association championship series.

With the games moved to the AF Adderley Gym, the defending champions Giants beat the Police Crimestoppers 91-80. The Cybots, last year’s runners-up, got by the Real Deal Shockers 85-69.

Giants 91, Crimestoppers 80

Gamaliel Rose pumped in a game high 27 points with 12 rebounds, Jackson Jacob scored 22 points, Michael Bain had 12 and Mark Hanna and Denykco Bowles had nine each in the win.

For the losers, Jeremy Hutchinson scored 24 points with 11 rebounds against his former team-mates. Dion McPhee had 19 points and Vernon Stubbs finished with 16 points and 10 rebounds.

Cybots 85, Shockers 69

Eugene Bain scored a game high 22 points with seven rebounds, Brian Bain had 12 and both Ahmad Bootle and Ernest Saunders contributed 10 in the win for the Cybots.

In a losing effort, Devon Brennen had 17 points and Corey Williams and Randy Ferguson had 10 apiece.

Game two of both series is scheduled to be played on Friday with game three on Saturday, starting at 7:30pm.

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