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NPBA semis get underway in divisions one and two

It was a busy weekend in the New Providence Basketball Association (NPBA) as the best-of-five semifinals in both division one and division two began on Friday and continued on Saturday over at the A.F. Adderley Gymnasium.

In division one action on Friday night, the undefeated defending champions Commonwealth Bank Giants took down the University of The Bahamas Mingoes, 79-71. In division two, the pennant-winning Your Essential Store (YES) Giants crushed the Triple K. Stampers, 102-72.

On Saturday night, the PJ’s Stingers stung the Discount Distributors Rockets, 101-96, in division one action. In the division two game, the Breezes High Flyers took down the Aliv Buckets, 95-86.

Division I

Giants 79, Mingoes 71

The Giants outscored the Mingoes 43-32 in the second and third quarters which proved to be the turning point of the game. They led 57-46 at the end of the third quarter, and held off the Mingoes, 79-71.

For the Giants, D’Shon Taylor led the way with 17 points. Gamaliel Rose and Michael “Furley” Bain chipped in with 17 and 16 points respectively.

For the Mingoes, Antwan Bevans dropped in a game-high 20 points in the loss.

The Giants shot 44 percent from the field and out-rebounded the Mingoes 56-43. The Mingoes had a good defensive outing with 12 steals and two blocks, and forced 20 turnovers by the Giants, but struggled on converting on their offensive opportunities.

Rose had a game-high nine rebounds. The Mingoes’ Rashad Sturrup had a team-high eight rebounds.

Game two in the best-of-five series was played last night, but the result was unavailable up to press time.

Division II

Giants 102, Stampers 72

The Your Essential Store (YES) Giants outscored the Triple K. Stampers in every quarter, as they easily brushed them aside, 102-72, on Friday night.

A total of 13 players scored for the Giants and five finished in double figures. Leading the way was Andre Calvert. He put on a three-point show, finishing with 18 points on 6-for-10 shooting from behind the arc.

Anderias Black helped with 15 points and 11 rebounds, Adrian Thompson finished with 14 points and 10 rebounds and Brandon Strachan and Cormardo Seymour added 10 points apiece. The Giants out-rebounded the Stampers 73-47 in the game.

The Stampers’ Michael Turnquest had a game-high 21 points. Troy Trembly scored 14 points and Johnley Noel added 11 in the loss.

Game two in the best-of-five series was played last night, but the result was unavailable up to press time.

Division I

Stingers 101, Rockets 96

The PJ’s Stingers’ offense was too much for the Discount Distributors Rockets in the end. Eugene Bain and Salathiel “Donkey” Dean scored 24 points each to lead the Stingers to a 101-96 win.

It was a very close game throughout. The Stingers were ahead just 73-71 going into the fourth, and the score was tied at 96 late in the game. The Stingers scored the final five points of the game as Randy Williams connected on two free throws and then buried a three-pointer to put the game away.

Georgio Walkes finished with a game-high 25 points in the loss. Four other players finished in double figures for them. Dancel Knowles scored 16 points, Cordero Pinder had 14 points, Lerecus Armbrister chipped in with 12 points and Lyndrick Storr added 10 points.

The Rockets will look to even the series on Wednesday night when game two of the best-of-five series is played. That game will get underway at 8.30 p.m., following game two of the division two contest between the Breezes High Flyers and the Aliv Buckets.

Division II

High Flyers 95, Bucket 86

Shantoin Pratt came alive for the Breezes High Flyers on Saturday night. He led the way with a game-high 28 points as they took down the Aliv Buckets, 95-86.

Jeremy Neely had 23 points in the win. Dave Davis finished with a double-double, scoring 23 points and adding 13 rebounds.

For the Buckets, Dylan Musgrove led the way with 20 points and 13 rebounds. Detarrio Thompson chipped in with 16 points.

Despite the Buckets shooting 48 percent from the field, they couldn’t get the job done. They had 27 turnovers in the game, and the High Flyers capitalized, scoring 38 points off those turnovers.

The High Flyers will look to take a commanding two games to none lead in the best-of-five series when game two is played on Wednesday night. That game will get underway at 7:30 p.m.

Sports Reporter at The Nassau Guardian
Simba joined The Nassau Guardian in 2012 as a technical producer for Guardian Radio 96.9 FM. He joined the Editorial Department as a sports reporter in 2018. Simba has covered a wide range of sports stories, including the 2018 CARIFTA in Nassau, Bahamas.
Education: College of the Bahamas, BA Media Journalism
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