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Ja close in on semis

Published:Thursday | July 7, 2016 | 7:00 AM

Jamaica took a step closer to qualifying for the semi-finals of the Caribbean Basketball Confederation (CBC) Under-16 Championships after beating Aruba 71-58 at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall in Georgetown, Guyana, for their third win in as many games.

The win placed the Jamaicans at the top of Group B with a maximum six points, one more than Suriname. Aruba are next with four, followed by Trinidad and Tobago (three), and hosts Guyana (two), who were down to play each other later yesterday.

Samora Williams and Jalen Menzie continue to star for the young Jamrockerz. Williams posted 18 points and 11 rebounds, while Menzie bagged 15 points. Jabari Cunningham also grabbed a double-double for the Jamrockerz, with 14 points and 10 rebounds.

For Aruba, Leonardo Winterdal scored 15 points, and Jahleel Heemstadt netted 11 points. It was Aruba's third loss in four matches and they now have been eliminated from the tournament.

On Tuesday, the young Jamaicans held off perennial rivals Trinidad and Tobago 72-64 to register their second straight win. Menzies led the way again with 23 points and six steals, while Williams had 16 points and 13 rebounds. Jabari Cunningham contributed 11 points.

Trinidad's Jordan Versad posted a game-high 27 points, but it was not enough to prevent his team's defeat. Theo Devoren also got 18 points for the twin-island republic.

Jamaica came out running in the first quarter and restricted Trinidad's top player, Versad. But the Trinidadians kept close with contributions all round and managed to pull within six points (36-30) at half-time.

- L.S.