Caribbean teams learn tournament path

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominica Republic (CMC) – Caribbean champions Jamaica have drawn a bye on the opening day of the Centrobasket Tournament, which takes place from July 5 to 11 here.

The Jamaicans were drawn in Group-A, with Caribbean runners-up British Virgin Islands, United States Virgin Islands, Panama, and hosts Dominican Republic.

Caribbean No 3 Cuba, and No 4 Trinidad & Tobago have been posted in Group-B next to Puerto Rico, Belize, and Mexico.

On the first day of competition, the BVI meet the USVI, Mexico face Cuba, T&T tackle Belize, and the Dominican Republic battle Panama.

In the preliminary round, each team plays against the other four in their group over the first five days of the tournament.

At the end of the prelims, the top two teams in each group continue their participation, and the other six teams go home.

The four teams still alive will play in the semi-finals on Saturday, July 10, with the top team in each group facing the second-placed side in the other group.

The winners in the two semi-finals then play for the gold and silver medals, and the semi-final losers for the bronze, when the Finals take place on Sunday, July 11.

The 2010 Centrobasket Championship qualifies the top four teams for the 2011 FIBA Americas Championship (Pre-Olympic), the top eight for the 2010 Central American & Caribbean Games in Mayagüez, Puerto Rico, and the top three for the 2011 Pan American Games scheduled for Guadalajara, Mexico.