Alessandro Lever had a huge double-double with 18 points and 16 rebounds as his Grand Canyon University Lopes toppled the locally based Providence Storm 88-73 in the Bahamas Basketball Federation’s (BBF) ‘Summer of Thunder’ series on Monday night at the Kendal G.L. Isaacs National Gymnasium.
The Storm’s Eugene Bain led all scorers with 23 points in a losing effort.
Bain scored the first two points of the game as he scored on a lay-up. From there, the Lopes took over. The Lopes responded with a 9-0 scoring run which was led by Roberts Blumbergs. They never trailed again. Shakwon Lewis sank two free throws with 6:32 remaining in the first quarter to stop the run. However, the quarter ended on a 5-0 Lopes run. During that run, Blumbergs had a dunk to give his team a 22-15 lead. The Lopes ended the quarter ahead 24-15.
In the second quarter, Lewis brought his Storm to within three points after he scored a jump shot with 6:52 remaining until the half. The score at this point was 27-24.
With just over three minutes to go in the second quarter, the visitors took a 39-29 lead, stretching the lead back to double digits.
Lever grabbed one of his five offensive rebounds and tipped in a Trey Drechsel missed shot with 41 seconds to go in the quarter. That was the final points of the quarter as the Lopes headed into the half up 44-30 over the locals.
The Lopes outscored the Storm 20-15 in the second quarter.
With 6:29 remaining in the third quarter, the Storm cut into the lead, trailing 48-39 on a Lewis lay-up. Bain made two free throws to close the gap to 48-41 with 4:56 remaining in the third quarter.
The Lopes tried to extend their lead but the locals keep hanging on as Lewis scored on a huge three-point shot to pull them to within six, 52-46, with three minutes remaining.
Lever punctuated the quarter with a three-point shot to extend the lead to 13 points. They ended the quarter ahead 64-51. This was a good cushion for them heading into the fourth.
After winning the third quarter 21-20, the Storm went into the fourth quarter with a lot of confidence.
Carlos Johnson gave his team a 17-point lead as he went on a mini 4-0 run of his own. With just over nine minutes remaining in the game, the visitors led 68-51.
They took their largest lead of the game of 19 points with 6:35 remaining after Lever hit one of two free throws to make it 75-56.
The locals never got the game within single digits again, as the visitors won 88-73.
Johnson scored 15 points as he and JJ Rhymes also scored in double digits for the Lopes. Besides Bain, the Storm had Lewis (17), Adam Johnson (10) and William Rigby (10) in double figures.
Despite the Lopes committing more turnovers, 28, they were still able to blow out the Storm. It was not a good night for both teams from beyond the arc as the Lopes shot 19 percent and the Storm shot 15 percent.
Overall, it was a horrible shooting display from both teams as both shot under 35 percent from the field. The Lopes shot 34 percent, connecting on 29 of their 83 shots. The Storm shot 23 percent, hitting 17 shots on 71 attempts.
Education: College of the Bahamas, BA Media Journalism