Jamaicans look to rebound at CAC Games
Shayne Fairman, Gleaner Writer
Jamaica's contingent to the Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Games in Veracruz, Mexico, had improved performances in some disciplines, but tough results over the last two days.
In women's basketball yesterday, the Jamaicans lost 54-58 to the Dominican Republic. Shenneika Smith (20 points) and Sasha Dixon (13 points) led Jamaica's scoring, while Yamel Abreu and Danilsa Andujar each had 12 points for the DR.
In field hockey, the women's team got eliminated after a one-sided 4-0 loss to Mexico yesterday. Eliana Cota (20th), Aleexis Morales (25th), Karen Orozco (31st) and Dafne Carmona (45th) netted for the winners. In women's singles, table tennis, Shenique Clare lost 4-1 to Natalia Bedoya of Colombia.
The women's basketball team will play Cuba in Group B at 11 a.m. today, while the men's hockey team must win against Barbados in Pool B at 4:30 p.m. if they are to advance.
In men's football, Jamaica will play their second game today, against Honduras at 4 p.m., inside the Luis Fuente Stadium.
The young Reggae Boyz suffered a disappointing 3-1 loss to El Salvador in their opening match on Tuesday. José Ortiz scored for El Salvador in the 12th and 45th minutes, while José Pena (79th) added the other. Chevonne 'Messi' Marsh scored for Jamaica in minute 57.
Table Tennis players continued their good form yesterday in women's doubles action, with Shenique Clare and Yvonne Foster winning two games. They beat Barbados' Sherrice Felix and Angela Reid 3-1. They also outscored Josmary Lucena and Wimberly Montero of Venezuela 3-1.
Later though, they lost 3-1 to Mercedes Madrid and Yadira Silva of Mexico.
Clare, however, bounced back in singles action, defeating Barbados' Felix 3-1.
On Tuesday, Jamaica's men recorded mixed results in table tennis. In singles, Simon Tomlinson stormed to a 3-0 win over Emil Santos of the DR, Dominica Republic.
However, Kane Watson lost to Andy Pereria 3-0.
In the doubles, Michael Hyatt and Tomlinson lost 3-1 to the DR's Samuel Galvez and Emil Santos.
Jason Grant made it to the men's over 87kg tae kwon do quarter-finals on Tuesday, but was edged 6-5 by Kristopher Moitland of Costa Rica.
Also on Tuesday, Marloe Rodman finished sixth in the men's 1500m bicycle race and Barbados beat Jamaica 1-0 in women's hockey, with Cher King scoring at the 32nd minute.