July 7, 2002 – The U.S. Virgin Islands defeated the Dominican Republic, 60-57, to claim the men's gold medal in the Verne R. Callwood Sr. Caribbean Basketball Confederation's 16th annual Senior Championship finals on Saturday at the University of the Virgin Islands Sports and Fitness Center.
In the women's championship game, the Dominican Republic defeated Puerto Rico, 85-71, the USVI claimed the bronze medal by defeating the Bahamas.
Men: USVI 60, Dominican Republic 57
For the men's final, the arena was filled to capacity with thousands of fans who were enthusiastic throughout the game, chanting and cheering on the home team and even doing the wave around the bleachers.
The USVI led by one point after the first quarter, 16-15, and would not surrender the lead for the rest of the game. The outscored the Dominican Republic by 10 points in the second quarter to stretch the lead to 38-27. The Dominicanos closed the gap to three points with 1:30 remaining in the game, but the USVI would not allow them to score again.
The USVI hit more than 85 percent from the free throw line in the game.
Calvert White and Jason Edwin each had 12 points to lead the USVI offensively. Cuthbert Victor had a double-double with 11 points and 12 rebounds. Jeff Greer led the Dominican Republic with 26 points and Luis Flores had 10.
In Saturday's other men's medal game, the Bahamas captured the bronze medal with its 76-75 victory over Antigua/Barbuda. The game was a close, hard-fought one with the lead changing 14 times. The Bahamas had the advantage in points off turnovers, 28-11. Antigua/Barbuda shot a sizzling 93 percent from the free-throw line.
Four players scored in double figures for the Bahamas: Ryan Moss had 13, Quinton Hall and Glenroy Ferguson each had 11, and Roger Farrington had 10. Antigua/Barbuda also had four players with a double figure: Bryan Matthew with 19 points, Jason Brazier with 17, Negus Davis with 13, and Lennox McCoy with 11.
Jamaica beat Barbados, 75-66, and the British Virgin Islands beat Aruba, 105-60, in two mens consolation games played earlier in the day.
Women: Dominican Republic 85, Puerto Rico 71
In the womens championship game, the Dominican Republic defeated Puerto Rico, 85-71. The first quarter was the only one where Puerto Rico took the lead. The Dominicanas held a sizable advantage in two major statistical categories, points in the paint, 56-30, and points off turnovers, 22-10.
Andriana Paniagua lead the Dominican Republic with 24 points, followed by Juana Duran with 21 points and eight rebounds. For Puerto Rico, Mabel Rosa led with 22 points and nine rebounds, and Felecity Willis had a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds; teammate Maritza Rodriguez had 15 points.
The U.S. Virgin Islands womens team won the bronze medal in defeating the Bahamas, 63-59. The USVI was in control for the first two quarters and led, 37-30, at the half. The Bahamas outscored the USVI 17-8 in the third quarter to take pull ahead, 47-45. The lead changed several times in the fourth quarter. With six seconds left and the USVI leading 61-59, Tamara Petersen made two free throws to end the scoring and seal the victory.
Tajama Abraham lead the USVI with 25 points and nine rebounds. No other USVI player scored in double figures. The Bahamas were led offensively by Sharon Smith-Walker with 15 points and Sharrelle Cash with 14.
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