The Bees Trucking Destroyers had three players record a double-double as they turned back the young and hungry Foxxy’s Angels, 64-60, in game one of their best-of-five championship series in the New Providence Women’s Basketball Association (NPWBA) Championship at the D.W. Davis Gymnasium on Tuesday night.
Destroyers’ low-post player Britenique Harrison, last year’s NPWBA Finals Most Valuable Player (MVP), led the way as she scored 15 points and grabbed a game-high 15 rebounds in just over 30 minutes of play. She got help from Rudy Simms and Chrishanda Rahming. Simms poured in 12 points and pulled down 11 boards and Rahming also finished with 12 points to go with 14 rebounds.
The Angels’ Veronique Charlton scored a game-high 20 points and ended the night with seven steals in the loss. Her teammate Latavia Braynen had a near triple-double with 16 points and a team-high 14 rebounds to go with eight steals in just under 37 minutes of play.
After a close 6-5 Destroyers’ lead early in the game, they went on a 6-0 scoring run to go ahead 12-5 with 3:23 remaining in the first quarter. The Angels’ Denika Lightbourne and Charlton hit jumpers right after a pair of free shots from Harrison to cut into the lead. After the whistle was blown to end the first quarter, the Destroyers led 14-9, setting an early tone for the remainder of the game.
The Destroyers opened the second quarter on a 6-0 run to go up 20-9 with just over eight minutes remaining until the half. The Angels responded with a 6-0 run that included two steals and four points from Charlton. That brought them to within 20-15 with 7:03 remaining until the half.
Later in the quarter, Braynen got a steal and an ensuing lay-up to bring her team within two points, 23-21, with 2:18 remaining. A quick 4-0 run put the Destroyers up 27-21 at the half.
The Angels outscored the Destroyers 18-16 in the third to cut the lead to four points heading into the final quarter, 43-39.
Braynen tied the game up at 47 with 8:59 remaining. The Angels seemed to snatch the momentum away as Charlton’s three-pointer put them ahead 56-52 with 3:49 remaining in the game. The Destroyers used their experience to shift the momentum back their way. Harrison converted two free throws to put her team up 60-56 with 1:32 remaining.
Braynen brought her team to within two points, 62-60, hitting two free throws with 48 seconds remaining. However, Harrison’s jump shot with 28 seconds left put the game away, 64-60, in favor of the Destroyers.
The Destroyers shot 36 percent from the field compared to just 26 percent for the Angels. The Angels connected on just one of 17 shot attempts from beyond the three-point arc.
The Destroyers’ bench scored 27 points compared to just five for the Angels. The Angels had a total of 23 free-throw attempts but only made nine of them.
Game two will get underway at 7:30 p.m. this evening at the D.W. Davis Gymnasium. The Angels will try to even the series with the Destroyers.
Education: College of the Bahamas, BA Media Journalism
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