Angels victorious over Destroyers in NPWBA Championships
Denika Lightbourne led her Foxy’s Angels with 23 points to steal game two from the Bees Trucking Destroyers with a 76-65 victory in in game two of the New Providence Women’s Basketball Association (NPWBA) best-of-five championship series at the D.W. Davis Gymnasium on Thursday night.
Lightbourne’s 23 points were a game-high. She had a team-high nine rebounds and six assists in the victory. She also had four steals.
Britinique Harrison had a double-double for the Destroyers as she scored 16 points and grabbed a team high 16 boards. Her teammate, Rudy Simms, lead the team in points with 17 points.
The Destroyers came out and went on a quick 11-4 four run on Chrishanda Rahming’s free-throw with 3:47 remaining in the first quarter.
Lightbourne managed to end the quarter with two free-throws to cut into the Destroyers lead. The score was 16-11.
In the second quarter, it was the Destroyers who seized total control of the game as they dominated the quarter.
They went on an 8-2 run to start the quarter as Rahming scored a two-point jump shot with six minutes remaining to put her team up 24-13.
The Angels were very sloppy with the ball and had a tough time scoring in the second quarter. At the end of the second quarter, the Destroyers were up 35-26, holding a comfortable lead heading into the third quarter. They outscored the Angels 19-15 in the quarter.
Like the first and second quarter, the Destroyers started the quarter strong going up 42-28 with 8:42 remaining after Simms connected on a pair of free-throws.
The Angels matched the Destroyers’ energy later in the quarter but they could not cut into the lead as both teams scored 21 points in the quarter. Rahming’s offensive rebound and put back with 6:23 remaining gave the Destroyers the biggest lead of 17 points with the score on 47-30. The Destroyers led 56-47 at the end of the quarter as the Angels had to dig deep if they were going to win the game.
The Angels started the fourth quarter differently as they scored the first four points of the quarter on Lightbourne’s tip-in.
Angels’ Veronique Charlton made a layup with 3:57 to go to give the Angels a 63-62 lead. They never looked back as they held on to the lead to win 76-65. In the final quarter, they had their biggest run of 11-0 after a jump shot by Latavia Brennen. In that quarter they also had their biggest lead of 13 after Brennen scored on a jump shot with 47 seconds.
The Angels turned up their intensity in the fourth quarter forcing the Destroyers to commit turnovers. They outscored their opponents 29-9.
It was a good game for both teams from the field as the Angels shot 40 percent and the Destroyers shot 38 percent. The Destroyers had 41 turnovers with the Angels picking them off 23 times.
The Angels took advantage of the Destroyers as they scored 48 points as the Destroyers had 30 points. The points from turnovers were controlled by the Angels who had 30 points of their own as the Destroyers had 18 points.
Game three is tonight at 7.30 p.m. at the D.W. Davis Gymnasium. It can go both ways with the series split at 1-1.