CB Giants still perfect; Mingoes and YES Giants win
It was a busy night in the New Providence Basketball Association (NPBA) on Saturday as six teams were in action over at the A.F. Adderley Gymnasium. In the marquee match-up of the night, in division one play, the defending champions Commonwealth Bank Giants got past the Discount Distributors Rockets, 92-77. In another division one game on Saturday, the University of The Bahamas Mingoes took down the Leno Regulators, 76-46. The Your Essential Store Giants toppled the Sun Oil Rockets, 77-70, in the lone division two game on Saturday night.
Giants 92, Rockets 77
D’Shon Taylor, the league’s most valuable player (MVP), dropped in a game-high 32 points including five three-pointers to lead his Commonwealth Bank Giants to victory and keep their flawless record intact. They improved to a perfect 9-0 win-loss record on the season.
The Discount Distributors Rockets came out of the game ready, stunning the crowd by jumping out to a 18-5 lead with 4:24 remaining in the first quarter. Livingston Munnings had 10 of those 18 points for the Rockets.
Showing why they are the champions, the Giants roared back, narrowing the gap to six points at the end of the first quarter. The quarter ended 24-18 in favor of the Rockets.
The Giants kept the pressure on the Rockets in the second quarter. With 7:24 remaining in the second quarter, Rockets’ guard Lerecus Armbrister hit one of two free throws to take the score to 30-22.
That lead dwindled as the Giants’ Jackson Jacob completed an and-one play, tying the game up at 37. The quarter ended 39-37 in favor of the Rockets, thanks to a jump shot by Tomeko Moxey right before the half-time buzzer.
The third quarter was evenly matched. The Giants took their first lead of the game in this quarter as Jeffrey Henfield buried a jump shot to give them a 59-57 lead with 2:52 remaining. The quarter ended 63-61 with the Rockets holding a slim lead.
The stage was set for an entertaining fourth quarter. Unfortunately for the Rockets, the Giants dominated, outscoring them 31-14, to win going away.
With the clock at 6:49 and the score 70-68 in the Rockets’ favor, the Giants’ Amardo Hepburn started off a 14-1 scoring run by completing a four-point play. That was all the Giants needed to put the game away as they held on for the victory.
Munnings led his team with 15 points.
The Giants had 23 fast-break points compared to Rockets’ 12.
Mingoes 76, Regulators 64
Playing without Kemsy Sylvestre, the University of The Bahamas (UB) Mingoes jumped out to a quick 11-3 lead in the first quarter as they looked to put this one away early.
They played some stifling defense, forcing the Leno Regulators to cough the ball up 10 times in the first half and they scored 17 points off those turnovers to take a 43-27 lead into the half. The Mingoes outscored the Regulators 26-12 in the second quarter.
The Regulators fought back in the third quarter, getting within single digits. They outscored the Mingoes 17-10 in the third quarter. The Mingoes were up 53-44 at the end of three.
With 5:53 remaining in the fourth quarter, the Regulators’ Carlos Thompson made one of two free throws to bring them within six points, 60-54.
The Mingoes kept the Regulators at bay, and Antwan Bevans put the game away as he threw down a one-handed tomahawk jam with 1:19 left to give them a 76-64 lead. The Mingoes bench went into a frenzy.
Bevans was the high-point man of the game with 21 points. His teammate Rashad Sturrup had 11 rebounds.
For the Regulators, Renardo Baillou scored a team-high 16 points and grabbed a game-high 18 rebounds.
The Mingoes finished with 23 fast-break points and 27 second chance points.
YES Giants 77, Sun Oil Rockets 70
Adrian Thompson scored a game-high 17 points to lead the Your Essential Store (YES) Giants to a 77-70 victory over the Sun Oil Rockets.
The game started off with the Giants leading 18-17 at the end of the first quarter.
The Giants were ahead 35-29 at the half, but the Rockers stayed close in the third quarter. The game remained close throughout the fourth as well.
With 5:54 remaining, the Giants’ Cameron Strachan hit two free throws to give his team a 65-63 lead.
On the next possession, the Rockets’ Crispin Gibson drilled a three-pointer to give his team a 66-65 lead.
Adrian Thompson gave the Giants the lead again on another three-pointer. That put his team up 68-66 with 5:23 remaining.
That also started an 8-0 run that put the game out of the Rockets’ reach. The game ended 77-70 in favor of the Giants. The Rockets’ Travis Rolle scored a team-high 16 points.
A couple of division two teams will be in action tonight at the A.F. Adderley Gymnasium — the Breezes High Flyers will take on Leno Eagles Nest at 7 p.m., and in the featured contest, the JD’s Seafood Shockers will play the Pros. The Shockers and Pros game will be held immediately after the High Flyers and Leno Eagles Nest game.