Bahamas Basketball Team Faces Olympic Dreams, Collision Course with Spain

Bahamas Basketball Team Faces Olympic Dreams, Collision Course with Spain
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The Bahamas national basketball team stands on the brink of history with a formidable lineup poised to secure an Olympic berth. Featuring three NBA stars—Deandre Ayton, Buddy Hield, and Eric Gordon—alongside emerging talent V.J. Edgecombe, the Bahamian team is a strong contender at the Olympic Qualifying Tournament (OQT) in Valencia, Spain. Under the guidance of NBA assistant coach Chris DeMarco, they aim to be the first Bahamian team to qualify for the Olympic Games.

Key Players and Rising Stars

  • Deandre Ayton (Phoenix Suns)
  • Buddy Hield (Indiana Pacers)
  • Eric Gordon (Phoenix Suns)
  • V.J. Edgecombe: An 18-year-old standout projected in the 2025 NBA Draft, set to play for Baylor next season.
  • Kai Jones: Recently played in the NBA.
  • Chris DeMarco: Assistant coach with the Golden State Warriors.

The Challenge Ahead: Spain

To achieve their Olympic dream, the Bahamas must win the entire OQT, which likely means facing and defeating Spain on their home turf. Spain, a basketball powerhouse, has not missed an Olympic qualification since 1996. With an impressive history of Olympic medals and World Cup victories, Spain remains a formidable opponent despite the retirement of key players like the Gasol brothers and the absence of Ricky Rubio and Jose Calderon.

The current Spanish roster includes seasoned players and rising stars:

  • Rudy Fernandez
  • Santi Aldama
  • Sergio Llull
  • Usman Garuba
  • Juancho Hernangomez
  • Willy Hernangomez
  • Lorenzo Brown
  • Juan Nunez: Recently drafted No. 36 by the San Antonio Spurs.

Tournament Progress

Spain has showcased their dominance, defeating Lebanon 104-59 and Angola 89-81 to secure a semifinal spot. The Bahamas, on the other hand, advanced with wins against Finland and Poland. Edgecombe was instrumental in their 90-81 victory over Poland, scoring a team-high 21 points on 7-for-13 shooting.

The Final Showdown

Both teams topped their respective groups, setting the stage for a potential clash in the finals on Sunday. If the Bahamas and Spain handle their semifinal matches successfully, they will meet with an Olympic berth at stake.


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