Women’s team was not properly prepared for CAC Games
New national women's basketball coach, Rohan Robinson, believes a lack of preparation was the major factor in an under-achieving performance at the Central American and Caribbean Games, currently under way in Veracruz, Mexico.
The Jamaicans finished the tournament in eighth position, bowing out with a 58-52 loss to Costa Rica on Sunday in a play-off for seventh.
The result was, however, only the end of a long string of losses, which began with a 58-54 surrender to the Dominican Republic, and also included defeats at the hands of Cuba, El Salvador and Trinidad and Tobago.
The result appears difficult to fathom as only three months prior, the squad had claimed the Caribbean Championship in Tortula, where they registered convincing wins over both Trinidad and the Dominican Republic.
"It is disappointing, but I understand the circumstances," Robinson said following the team's final game.
"We had to use these games for training because this team wasn't prepared properly for the tournament. A three-day training camp was never going to be enough, especially when you do not have the right players in the right positions," Robinson added.
Robinson, who took over from former player Simone Edwards, cited, however, that it was a rebuilding process for the team that claimed the regional title in July but have since then not only changed coaches, but also administrations.
In fact, the programme is currently being run by an interim steering committee to oversee the affairs of the Jamaica Basketball Association until a new president is elected.
"A lot of our players could not make the trip due to other commitments that hurt us for this tournament as most of them are overseas, but the good thing about this is that our local players got a lot of experience. We needed that," Robinson said.
Connecticut Suns player Shennika Smith and Tarita Gordon were among the team's outstanding players.
"The association back home is rebuilding, so we have started to look at the high schools, even Prep schools. We have players at the under-16, under-17 and under-21 levels. This is just a part of the growing pains. We just have to learn from this and move on."