Bahamas men wins thriller against Trinidad and Tobago
PARAMARIBO. Suriname, July 25, 2023.- Bahamas won their second match in Poule B against rival Trinidad and Tobago. At the Anthony Nesty Sport Hall the Bajans overcome a five-set thriller 3-2 (18-25, 25-22, 19-25, 25-19, 15-11).
Bahamas second win in pool B during these Caribbean Championships means they go on top of their group standings after winning their opening match against Curaçao 3-1(25-20, 25-21,13-25, 25-8) on Monday.
Trinidad and Tobago look more the confident in the first and third set leading the Bajans with a huge 10 points from attacks, 4 blocks and 3-0 in aces. But couldn’t finish off the game in the fourth set. The experienced Bajan team outscored Trinidad and Tobago in the fourth set to
forced a decisive fifth set against the Soca Boys. Bahamas committed 30 unforced errors and Trinidad and Tobago 45.
Outside hitter Kyle Wilson led Bahamas with 20 points including 5 block and 3 digs. He is middle blocker and team captain Byron Ferguson and middle blocker Hepburn Shanari with 17 and 15 points each respectively. For Trinidad and Tobago middle blocker and team captain Akim Bushe led the team with 15 points including 3 aces. His teammate and outside hitter Daynte Stewart also contributed with 15 points.
Bahamas will play their final group game against Jamaica on Wednesday and Trinidad and Tobago will face Curaçao.
Lloyd Davis, Head Coach of Bahamas: “We came here to win every game. I am glad to see my team giving all their best on the court. For now, we want to prepare for the game against Jamaica. I know we can beat them also.”
Akim Bushe, captain of Trinidad and Tobago: “I must say that Bahamas been a very strong team and experienced. I love the competitive spirit they give the game. This was not a poor game at all. This is what the region needs. Playing at this level again.”