The University of The Bahamas (UB) Mingoes men’s basketball team lost game two of their New Providence Basketball Association (NPBA) semifinal series, 91-78, to the Commonwealth Bank Giants on Monday night at the A.F. Adderley Gymnasium, and now trail in the best-of-five series two games to none.
“We just have to get more from our starters,” Mingoes Head Coach Bacchus Rolle said. “Our three leading scorers (for the season) only scored eight points each and we can’t win like that.”
Antwan Bevans lead the Mingoes with 30 points, six rebounds and four assists. Romero
Cornish contributed 14 points and leading scorer Kemsy Sylvestre settled for just eight.
The Mingoes played strong defense in the first half, but struggled in the second half. They were outscored, 25-17, in the third period, and trailed 72-60 going into the fourth.
D’Shon Taylor had 31 points, seven rebounds and five assists to lead five Giants in double figures. Gamaliel Rose had 15 points and nine rebounds; Michael “Furley” Bain and Jeffrey Henfield each had 14 points; and Jackson Jacob had 10 points.
Coach Rolle said for the Mingoes to stay alive in the series they are going to have to defend Taylor on the perimeter and Rose in the post. “If we can do that we may stand a chance at winning and staying alive in the series, but we have to show up and play,” he said.
The Mingoes play the Giants in game three of the series at 8:30 p.m. Thursday at the A.F. Adderley Gym.
In division two on Monday, behind 18 points, 16 rebounds, eight assists and four steals, the Your Essential Store Giants knocked off the Triple K. Stampers, 85-79, and lead that best-of-five series two games to none. Game three in that series is also set for Thursday.