Jonquel Jones Leads Bahamas to Fifth Place at CBC Championship
Rising Junior Forward Averaged 17.2 Points, 14.0 Rebounds in Tournament
July 14, 2014
TORTOLA, British Virgin Islands - George Washington women's basketball rising junior Jonquel Jones led the Bahamian National Team to a fifth-place finish at the Caribbean Basketball Confederation (CBC) Senior Championship for Women last week. The eight-team tournament took place July 8-12 in Tortola, British Virgin Islands.
Jones was one of four players in the tournament to average a double-double. The native of Freeport on Grand Bahama Island averaged a tournament-best 14.0 rebounds and was second with 17.2 points and fifth with 1.4 blocks per game in five contests, leading her team in all three categories.
After tallying 15 points and 12 rebounds in a 56-51 loss to the U.S. Virgin Islands in the opening contest, the 6-foot-4 Jones had a monster game against favored Dominican Republic with 23 points, 27 rebounds, five blocks and four assists in a 70-69 overtime victory. Jones then posted 14 points, 12 rebounds and two blocks in an 84-59 win over Barbados in the final game of group play.
Though Bahamas went 2-1 in Group A to tie Dominican Republic and U.S. Virgin Islands with a group-best five points apiece, they did not qualify for the semifinals due to tiebreakers. Instead, the team moved on to the reclassification round where it trounced Guyana, 113-27, behind 21 points, seven rebounds and five steals from Jones, who was 8-for-11 from the floor.
The Bahamas then advanced to the fifth-place game for a rematch with Barbados and won in another rout, 102-54. Jones notched her fourth double-double of the tournament with 13 points and 12 rebounds.
"Playing for my country was a reward in itself, though it was disappointing not to achieve our team goal of winning the gold medal," said Jones. "On the bright side, our country has a lot of young talent and it was only our first time playing together. Playing international basketball was great and I hope to bring everything I learned from my experience to the court here at GW."
Jamaica won the FIBA-sponsored CBC Championship - the biggest basketball event in the Caribbean - with a 51-45 victory over the Dominican Republic. Both teams, along with third-place U.S. Virgin Islands, earn berths to the Centrobasket Championship July 22-26 in Monterrey, Mexico. Trinidad and Tobago, which lost to the Virgin Islands, 65-52, in the consolation game, placed fourth. Barbados (6th), Guyana (7th) and St. Vincent and the Grenadines (8th) rounded out the eight-team tournament.
A 2014 Atlantic 10 All-Conference Second Team selection, Jones was the only player in the league to average a double-double on the season, as she paced GW with 14.7 points and 10.9 rebounds per game in her inaugural campaign in the Buff and Blue. She shot 48.8 percent from the floor and added a team-best 1.9 blocks per contest, leading the Colonials to the A-10 semifinals and the third round of the Women's National Invitation Tournament (WNIT).