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NPBA playoffs get underway tonight

The first round of playoff action in the New Providence Basketball Association(NPBA)will get underway tonight at the C.I. Gibson Gymnasium. The best-of-three series will bring the top four teams from the Vince Ferguson and the John Archer Divisions together in intense battles for the NPBA championship.

Starting things off tonight will be The Real Deal Shockers, who clinched the Vince Ferguson’s Division with a regular season win/loss record of 11-4. They will play the fourth place team, the Arnold Forbes Pros, at 7:30 p.m. tonight. The Pros will head into the post-season with a 9-6 record, the exact win/loss record as the third place Phil’s Rockets. The Mailboat Cybots secured the second spot in that division with a 10-5 record. They will play the Rockets in the feature game on Tuesday night.

Tonight’s feature game will be played between the Royal Bahamas Police Force(RBPF)Crimestoppers and the Y’Care Wreckers, from the John Archer Division. That game will start immediately following the Shockers and Pros’game.

The Crimestoppers are seeded second in that division, even though they finished up with the same as the Wreckers, 8-6. The Crimestoppers were slotted above the Wreckers as a result of defeating them in their head-to-head match-up during the regular season.

Winning the John Archer Division was the Commonwealth Bank Giants, who closed with a perfect 14-0 win/loss record. The Giants will now play the 6-8 PJ Stingers in their best-of-three playoff series. That game will be played on Tuesday night at 7:30 p.m. at the C.I. Gibson Gymnasium. The defending champions Giants are looking to prolific scorer Michael’Furley’Bain to lead them in the post-season.

Bain is third in the league in scoring, with 119 points this season. The two top scorers are both members of the Cybots’team, Jackson Jacobs and Jeffrey Henfield, with 148 points and 121 points respectively.

The Giants’Ricardo Pierre leads the league in three pointers, hitting more than three per game. A complete look into the divisional winners for this season will be released in Tuesday’s edition ofThe Nassau Guardian.

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