U16s make winning start at Carib Champs
St Catherine High School's Shevron Williams scored a game-high 32 points and overseas-based Jalon Menzies bagged 28 for Jamaica's under-16 basketballers, who came from behind to beat Suriname 80-67 in overtime.
The match was Jamaica's first - as they campaign in Group B - at the Caribbean Under-16 Basketball Championship at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall in Georgetown, Guyana.
Jamaica trailed their opponent for the majority of the Sunday evening contest.
However, Menzies hit one of two free throws with 18 seconds to go in regular time to send the thriller into overtime.
Menzies followed up his free throws with a three-pointer to open overtime. This was followed by a mid-range jumper from Williams that gave Jamaica the lead and they never relinquished it thereafter. Jabari Cunningham also scored 10 points in the win.
Keatan Weibolt was the top scorer for Suriname with 14 points, while Chevaro Kioppenburg posted 13 points. Jamaica and hosts Guyana both lead Group B after one win each. Guyana defeated Aruba 60-58.
The Jamaicans will next face eternal regional rivals, Trinidad and Tobago, in their next game on Friday at the same venue, beginning at 8 p.m.