The Bermuda Basketball Association's Senior Men's National team program is in transition as it introduces a welcome injection of young talent. The second Development tour for this year is being held in Tamboril a municipality of Santiago, Dominican Republic against club teams of the Soporte del Baloncesto Tamboril (SOBATAM) Association.
Sullivan Phillips and Jason Lowe, key veterans of past National Team success both have aspirations of coaching at National Team level. Along with John Lee, they were brought in to act as mentor’s for the surge of youth to the National program.
The team looked to start the tour off with a win. They faced Team Canca, recent winners in the SOBATAM Pre-Superior tournament. From watching video, Head Coach Gavin Mackenzie knew that teams would prefer to push the ball in transition. Defensively, Bermuda would need to limit this type of scoring and force teams to play half-court offense.
Game started off slow. Bermuda had good scoring opportunities from the perimeter but we're relegated to scoring most 1st half points on the inside. Canca held a 37 – 26 lead at the break.
In the second half Bermuda spent the game catching up narrowing the lead to 2 points on several occasions. They started to hit perimeter shots and played better defensively in spurts. They outscored their opponent 46 - 38 in second half as both teams started to hit perimeter shots consistently.
Mykal Glasgow got the game within 1 point on a 3 point shot with 15 seconds left. Bermuda was forced to foul and Canca was up 3. Sullivan Phillips had a chance to tie with a 30 foot fling but came up short, as Bermuda would fall 75 – 72.
Jason Lowe led the team with 19 points and 7 rebounds, Bermuda also got valuable contributions from Jonathan Lowe who had 13 points, and Glasgow who had an outstanding 4th quarter, finishing with 13 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists. Sam Darrell and John Lee also made defensive contributions throughout the game.