CB Giants, YES Giants complete sweep
The A.F. Adderley Gymnasium was left spotless as the Commonwealth Bank (CB) Giants and Your Essential Store (YES) Giants swept their way into the New Providence Basketball Association (NPBA) Division I and Division II finals on Thursday night.
The CB Giants ran away from the University of The Bahamas Mingoes in a 92-65 victory to win their Division I semifinals best-of-three series, 3-0. They remain undefeated this season.
In the Division II semifinal matchup, the YES Giants won a 94-92 nail-biter over the Triple K Stampers to win that best-of-three series, 3-0.
Both teams await their potential opponents who are still in their best-of-five semi-finals.
In the other Division I series, the Discount Distributors Rockets are tied 1-1 with the PJ Stingers. In Division II, the Aliv Bucket and Breezes High Flyers are also tied 1-1.
They were in action last night but no scores were available up to press time.
CB Giants 92, Mingoes 65
Jackson Jacob dropped 18 points off the bench to lead the CB Giants to a 92-65 victory over the Mingoes as they held their unblemished record on the season to win that series 3-0.
Antwan Bevans had 18 points and seven rebounds in the loss.
The Giants jumped out on a quick 7-0 run to start the quarter and never relinquished the lead in the game to go up 22-13 at the end of the first quarter. Their largest lead was 11.
They took that 22-13 lead at the end of the first quarter to 32-13 after Jeffrey Henfield made a jumper with 7:42 remaining in the second quarter.
Henfield gave them their largest lead, 24, of the half when he made a layup with just under two minutes to go in the second quarter.
The Mingoes never came close as the Giants pulled away in the second half.
CB Giants shot 52 percent from the field and connected on six three-pointers in the victory. For the Mingoes, they shot 30 percent from the field. The went cold at the three-point line as they were 3-of-26.
YES Giants 94, Stampers 92
Anderias Black hit a go-ahead layup with 12 seconds left in the game to lift his YES Giants to a 94-92 victory over the Stampers to win the series 3-0 to head to the finals.
Michael Turnquest erupted for 33 points in the loss.
After heading into the fourth quarter with a slim 66-64 lead, the Stampers kept the game close in the fourth quarter as they fought for their season.
With a tied ball game at 91-91 and 32 seconds remaining in the game, the YES Giants’ Adrian Thompson was sent to the free throw line. He split the pair of free throws to put his team up 92-91. On the next possession, Johnley Noel, of the Stampers, split a pair of free throws to tie the game up at 92-92.
On the ensuing possession, Black grabbed an offensive rebound on his own missed shot to get a layup to win the game 94-92.