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Monday, May 16, 2022
Bermuda Fall Again in the Dominican Republic

Bermuda would fall in their third game in the Dominican Republic going down by 30 points against a Dominican Republic Select Team.

Bermuda got out to an 11-4 early lead, however, due to mounting injuries which were expected due to the physicality of the FIBA game and the Bermuda player's fitness level, things became more challenging, Bermuda moved to play zone which was a gimmick matchup zone which confused the home team for at least the first 2 quarters.

The zone forced the Dominican Republic into forced shots with defenders' hands in their faces rather than wide-open perimeter shots created by running defenses off of screens and dribble hand-offs.

The zone also allowed Bermuda to limit the host dribble penetration as more Bermuda players were able to help on the defensive rebounds, preventing second and third shot opportunities which they had plenty of in games 1 and 2.

Adam McDonald continued with solid floor leadership and perimeter shooting. Other players were forced to step up as Chris Crumpler couldn't play due to a back injury, Jaren Haley finally got going on the perimeter with 8 points in the first half. Contributions were made by everyone, especially on the defensive boards.

Halftime score, Bermuda down by only six points, 38 – 32, by far, Bermuda's best half of the tour.

The tables drastically turned in the second half, Bermuda’s apparent lack of fitness was the team's undoing. Shots were not falling and Bermuda was always a step short of getting out on their perimeter shooters.

The effort was there but the lack of a bench and injuries slowed Bermuda defensively and offensively. In short, the second half was a mirror image of the first two games.
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