High Flyers win second straight NPBA Division II title
The pennant-winning Your Essential Store (YES) Giants got as close as six points in the final quarter Monday night, but the combination of Shantoin Pratt and Dave Davis proved to be too much for them down the stretch as the Breezes High Flyers pulled away and secured their second consecutive New Providence Basketball Association (NPBA) Division II championship title.
The High Flyers wrapped up an exciting series, finishing off the Giants in game seven on Monday night at the A.F. Adderley Gymnasium. They earned a 91-78 wire-to-wire win, and took the series four games to three. It was quite a turn around for the High Flyers after they were slaughtered in game six on Saturday night. They regrouped and will now go on to represent New Providence in division two at the Bahamas Basketball Federation’s (BBF) Bunny Levarity National Round-Robin Tournament that gets underway on Thursday and runs through Saturday at the A.F. Adderley Gymnasium. The Commonwealth Bank Giants will represent the capital island in division one.
A total of five teams will compete in division two at the nationals, and four teams will suit up in division one. The Giants and the High Flyers are the defending national champions in divisions one and two respectively.
As for the decisive game seven between the High Flyers and the YES Giants on Monday night, Pratt led the way for the winners with a game-high 29 points on 11-for-20 shooting, 10 of which came in the fourth quarter. Pratt added eight rebounds, five assists and two steals. Davis had a huge double-double with 19 points and 12 rebounds. He shot 9-for-14 from the floor. Brendon Stubbs came off the bench to score 17 for the High Flyers and dished out six assists.
Brandon Strachan paced the Giants with 21 points, but shot just 9-for-22 from the floor. He added five rebounds and four steals. Team captain Adrian Thompson contributed 14 points and eight rebounds, and Cormardo Seymour added 10 points and 11 rebounds.
The Giants never led in the game. They nearly got behind by double digits in the opening quarter, trailed by 13 at the half, and got no closer than five points in the second half.
Pratt came out on fire for the High Flyers. Behind 12 first-quarter points from him, the High Flyers raced to a 27-19 lead after the opening quarter. Davis had seven second-quarter points for the High Flyers 46-33 at the break.
The Giants got to within five coming down to then end off the third, 60-55, but then Stubbs hit two free shots, and the High Flyers quickly stretched that lead back to double digits at the beginning of the fourth. The Giants got back to within six, 68-62, but then the High Flyers went on a 13-3 scoring run to put the game away. The lead grew to as much as 19 in the final minutes of the game, and there was no doubt as to who the winner would be.
It’s the second straight NPBA Division II title for the High Flyers, but they won’t have much time to celebrate as the nationals get underway on Thursday.
Education: College of The Bahamas, Associates in Accounting