The Leno Contractor Pirates, who sport a 3-5 win-loss record, took down the Fort Charlotte Defenders (1-6) to pick up a key win in New Providence Basketball Association (NPBA) Division I action on Wednesday night at the A.F. Adderley Gymnasium. The Pirates prevailed, 82-60. In NPBA Division II action, the defending champions Breezes High Flyers (6-2) won easily over the Basden Elevator Elite team, 99-73. Basden Elevator Elite hold a 3-5 record on the season.
Pirates 82, Defenders 60
Tevin Hudson scored 15 points and Kronoff Dean had 14 points to lead the Pirates to victory over the Defenders.
Leon Rahming was the only Defenders player in the double figures with 11 points.
After the Defenders jumped out to a 7-0 lead in the first quarter, the Pirates battled back to tie the game at nine. It was back and forth for the remainder of the first quarter, and the game was tied at 20 after one.
The Pirates had a good second quarter. They took a 10-point lead on a three-point shot from the top of the arc from Dean. The Pirates led 38-28 with 2:54 remaining in the second quarter.
The Defenders’ Leon Rahming scored at the end of the first half to cut the lead to seven.
The third quarter belonged to the Pirates. They started off the third quarter on an 11-5 scoring run. The Pirates led 55-43 with 5:24 remaining in the third quarter.
The Defenders tried to stay close but the Pirates kept finding ways to score. With 1:19 remaining in the quarter, the Defenders’ Miguel Sherman scored on a lay-up to bring his team to within 10, 63-53. However, the Pirates closed out the quarter strong, taking a 70-55 lead into the fourth quarter.
The final quarter was not as productive as the first three as both teams struggled to score. The Pirates outscored the Defenders 12-5 in the fourth and final quarter to win the game, 82-60.
The Defenders only had one made field goal in the fourth quarter.
The Pirates’ Dominique Fernander grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds. The Pirates lit it up from beyond the arc, hitting 11 three-point shots. The Defenders only had one three-pointer.
High Flyers 99, Elite 73
Dave Davis and Jeremy Neely scored 22 and 20 points respectively to lead the High Flyers to a comfortable win over the Elite team. Neely also had 10 rebounds.
Dario McKenzie and Brandon Ingraham had 14 points apiece in the loss.
The High Flyers jumped out to a 13-2 lead in the first quarter and never looked back in the wire-to-wire win.
The Elite had no answer for the High Flyers. They ended the first quarter trailing 31-17.
The second quarter was much better for the Elite team as they settled down a bit. After trailing by 13 with 5:57 to go in the quarter, the Elite team went on a 12-3 scoring run to close out the half. Glen Wilson Jr. connected on a huge three-point shot to close out the quarter for the Elite team. They trailed just 45-40 at the half.
The High Flyers reclaimed control in the third. The first four minutes of the third quarter was not good for the Elite team as the defending champs ran away from them.
The champs came out of the locker room, going on a 19-3 scoring run, to put the game out of reach. They went ahead 64-43 in the third quarter. This was the turning point of the game as the Elite team could not answer the High Flyers’ assault. At the end of the quarter, the High Flyers were up 74-55.
The fourth quarter was another tough one for the Elite team as they were outscored 25-18. The game ended 99-73 in favor of the High Flyers.
McKenzie led all rebounders with 12.
The High Flyers had 30 free throws in the game, while the Elite had just 11.
Three games are on the schedule for tonight. In the first game, in division two action, the Caro Contractors Titans will take on the Triple K Stampers. That game will get underway at 7 p.m. The other division two game of the evening will have the Sun Oil Rockets taking on the Aliv Buckets. The only division one game will feature the Discount Distributors Rockets taking on the Pirates.
All games will be at the A.F. Adderley Gymnasium.
Education: College of the Bahamas, BA Media Journalism