It was a busy night in the New Providence Basketball Association (NPBA) on Saturday as three games were held at the A.F. Adderley Gymnasium – one in division two and two in division one. In division two action, the Sun Oil Rockets took down the Caro Contractor Titans, 83-71. In division one, the PJ Stingers defeated the Pros 82-55 and the Discount Distributors Rockets blasted the Fort Charlotte Defenders, 95-59.
Rockets 83, Titans 71
The Rockets were in control for most of the game, particularly in the fourth quarter when they scored 24 points and left no room for a Titans comeback.
The Rockets’ Crag Gibson scored a game-high 23 points to lead the way for his team. Savant Laing scored 18 points in the loss.
The Rockets were ahead 18-14 in the first quarter, and pulled away a bit but the Titans kept reeling them back in. At the end of the third quarter, the Titans were within seven, as the Rockets held a 59-52 lead.
The Rockets went on a 6-2 scoring run to take an 11-point lead early in the fourth quarter. From there, the Rockets remained comfortably ahead and went on to win easily.
Also scoring in double digits for the Rockets was Bertrum Minns with 21 points. He had a game-high 16 rebounds.
Helping out Laing for the Titans was Delmar Hamilton (17), Dewhone Murray (14) and Christian Johnson (12).
In the six games that the Rockets have played this season, they have won four and dropped two. The Titans are still searching for their first win after six games.
Stingers 82, Pros 55
Winners of their last three games, the PJ Stingers came into this game looking to keep the ball rolling. They did just that as they easily defeated the Pros, 82-55.
Randy Williams led the winners with 21 points. Stephan Burrows dropped a team-high 13 points for the Pros.
The Stingers got out to a 13-point lead after the first quarter and cruised the rest of the way.
They opened the game on a 18-3 scoring run and never looked back as they sent a message to the rest of the league.
The Stingers were ahead by 15 at the half, and used a 22-6 third quarter run to distance themselves from the Pros. They held a 70-39 lead.
The Stingers took their foot off the gas pedal a bit but still won easily, 82-55.
Three other Stingers’ players were in double digits – Eugene Bain (18), Able Joseph (14) and Devon Ferguson (12). Bain had a game-high 13 rebounds. Joseph had a game-high eight assists.
The Stingers only have one loss on the season after seven games. The Pros are still looking for a win after dropping all seven of their games.
Rockets 95, Defenders 59
The Rockets jumped out to a quick 10-0 lead in the first quarter as they set the tone for the game. From there, the Defenders made a 13-9 push to end the period but the Rockets still led 19-13 heading into the second quarter.
In the second quarter, the Rockets extended their lead to 42-33. They outscored the Defenders by 10 points in the third quarter to take a sizable lead into the fourth.
With 2:49 remaining in the third, the Rockets’ Lyndrick Storr made a lay-up to give his team a 62-39 lead.
The Rockets’ Tomeko Moxey connected on a three-pointer with 6:42 remaining in the fourth quarter to extend the lead to 30 points.
The Rockets did not stop there, taking the lead up to 40 on a lay-up by Barry Carter.
The Rockets’ Livingston Munnings led all scorers and rebounders with 26 points and 13 rebounds. He had help from Quentin Demeritte and Selwyn McKenzie with 13 each.
Leon Rahming and Charaz LaFleur had 18 points apiece for the Defenders.
The Rockets now have a 5-2 win-loss record on the season, while the Defenders fell to 1-5.
The NPBA regular season resumes tonight with Basden Elevator Elite taking on the Aliv Buckets in division two action. In division one action, the University of The Bahamas Mingoes will play the Caro Contractors Pirates.
Education: College of the Bahamas, BA Media Journalism