Jamaica improved by one spot at the FIBA CentroBasket U-17 Championships, compared to 2019, despite going down 82-76 to Panama in the battle for fifth earlier this evening
Team Jamaica led 23-22 after a close first quarter, but the Panamanians began to take over the game in the 2nd quarter, which they grabbed 22-16 to hold a 43-39 lead at the half.
Jamaica was better than Panama from the field, shooting 28/67 to their 26/72, but they were out-rebounded 48 to 43, and outplayed on hustle plays off turnovers, not to mention the 19 steals won by the Central Americans.
Panama won the 3rd 24-19, and lost the 4th 18-15, but the margin was too much to overcome in the long run for Jamaica.
London Johnson racked-up another double-double with 34-points and 13 boards along with 7 steals, while Marcus McDonald posted 13-points, one more than Flawless Travers. Daeshawn Hannam and Romareo Mills got 6 apiece, while Odaine Clahar and Tyreese wills added 3 and 2 respectively.
Humberto Kentish slotted home 16 buckets for the winners, and was ably assisted by Fernando Gonzales 14-points, Victor Julio 12 and Andres Orocu 11.