The New Providence Basketball Association (NPBA) opened its 2018-2019 season on Wednesday night at the A.F. Adderley Junior High Gymnasium with JD Seafood Shockers and Your Essential Store (YES) Giants picking up the first wins on the season.
In Division I action the Shockers took care of the Leno Regulators 98-93. In Division II action, the Giants took advantage of the Leno Eagle Nest defeating them 109-81.
Shockers 98, Regulators 93
Lenny Oscar and William Rigby dropped 26 and 24 points respectively for the Giants. Renardo Baillou and Jason Mitchell Jr. were the only ones to score in double digits for the Regulators.
It was a close first half as the Regulators went into the half up 44-43.
After the Regulators jumped out to a 46-43 lead to start the second half, the Shockers decided to take control of the game.
In a three-minute span, the Shockers took the game over, going on a 16-0 run. The Shockers’ Adam Johnson punctuated that run with a three-pointer as they took a 59-46 lead.
The Regulators tried to cut into the lead but could not.
By the end of third quarter, the Shockers used a huge 26-18 advantage to take over the game. They went into the fourth quarter up 69-59 heading into the fourth quarter.
With 2:04 left in the fourth quarter, the Regulators went up 85-85 on a layup by Cruz Simon.
It was not enough as the Shockers won 98-93.
Leading the Shockers on the boards was Johnson with 18. Jefferson Oliver, Johnson and Oscar led them with three assists.
For the Regulators, Baillou also led them in rebounds and assists with 18 and five respectively.
Giants 109, Eagle’s Nest 81
This game was a foregone conclusion from the first quarter after the Giants jumped out to a 29-14 lead. They never looked back.
Herbert Knowles and Cormardo Seymour led the way for the Giants scoring 22 and 13 points respectively.
Scoring a game high 25 points was Eagle’s Nest Tyrell Butler. He had Donte Deveaux chipping in with 15 points.
The Giants quickly jumped out to a 10-0 lead with 6:19 remaining in the first quarter.
The Eagle’s Nest came as close as six points. Unfortunately for them, the Giants were on fire in this game.
As a team, the Giants shot a blistering 53 percent from the field. They shot an easy 60 percent inside the three-point line.
The Eagle’s nest shot just 25 percent from the field and made just six of their 30 three-point attempts.
Although, the Eagle’s Nest took care of the ball better than the Giants they lost this game because they could not connect on their shots.
The Giants turned the ball over 38 times compared to the Eagle’s Nest 22. The Giants had 25 assists while the Eagle’s Nest had only 8.
In the end the Giants’ better shooting night won them the game in a convincing fashion, 109-81.
Leading the Giants in rebounds was Cormardo Seymour. Johancy Augustin led the Eagle’s Nest with six rebounds.
The Giants’ Adrian Thompson had as much assists as the entire Eagle’s Nest team with eight. Leading the Eagle’s Nest with half their assists was Tyrell Butler.
Action resumes with a triple-header on Saturday, November 10 at the A.F. Adderley Jr. Gymnasium. The first begins at 7 p.m. with the PJ Stingers against the Fort Charlotte Defenders. Following that game will be the defending Division II champions, Breezes High Flyers, taking on the Aliv Buckets. Closing out the night will be the defending Division I champions, the Commonwealth Giants, against the Discount Distributors Rockets.
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