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Virgin Islands Ballers Show Canada How The Game Is Played at the AmeriCup Championships In Buenos Aires

STAR POWER: Walter Hodge (6) of the Virgin Islands drives the ball to the hoop during the 2017 AmeriCup Championships in Bahia Blanca, Argentina on Sunday night. Hodge led all scorers with 25 points.

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BUENOS AIRES — Walter Hodge scored 25 points and added eight assists as the Virgin Islands defeated Canada 83-71 on Sunday at the FIBA AmeriCup Championships.

Johnathan Gray chipped in with 14 points while Deon Edwin and Khalid Hart had 12 apiece.

Olivier Hanlan led Canada with 10 points, three rebounds and three assists. Xavier Rathan-Mayes grabbed 10 rebounds while adding six assists and five points.

“We didn’t play well and we have to do a better job of coming out with a lot of energy,” said Rathan-Mayes. “We came out sluggish and didn’t execute the way we should have. We just have to go back and regroup, come back and win two.”

The FIBA AmeriCup is an exhibition tournament and is preparation for qualifying for the 2019 World Cup in China.

Qualifying for the 32-team World Cup now features a two-round tournament of home and away games.

The World Cup is a major qualifier for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

The Virgin Islands’ team continues preliminary round play against Venezuela tonight.

The Virgin Islands is currently ranked 59th in the world in basketball; Venezuela is ranked 15th.

According to FIBA, Canada is ranked 24th in the world.

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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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