The Antigua and Barbuda basketball team secured third place in the Under 20 Male Leeward Islands Basketball Tournament (LIBA) last evening as they beat Anguilla in the bronze place game, 66-54.
Leading scorers for the Antigua team went to Tavarus Benta with 10 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists along with Ahmani Browne who also added 10 points while contributing 7 rebounds and 2 assists.
The team lost a single game in the tournament to St. Maarten (56-88). But, despite the lone loss, they found themselves on the outside of the final because of probably a poor decision in the round robin portion of the tournament to play for a win against St. Kitts (55-52) which put them into a semi-final with the eventual champions and by far and away the prohibitive favorite, St. Maarten team.
Despite not making it to the final, Antigua Barbuda Basketball president, Daryl Matthew says that, “there are different ways to measure success.”
“One way is by the hardware you collect, but another is how you perform under tough circumstances. And team Antigua did exceptionally well under those circumstances.”
Including host country Antigua, the other countries taking part in the youth summer tournament were Anguilla, Barbuda, Montserrat, Nevis, St Kitts, and St. Maarten.
The team was coached by Mahijah Davis and assisted by Carl “Boldie” Knight.