Shantoin Pratt had 18 points and six assists as the Breezes High Flyers routed the Island Dimension and Development Wolverines 93-51 in New Providence Basketball Association (NPBA) Division I action on Wednesday night at the A.F. Adderley Gymnasium. In Division II action, the Triple K Stampers were led by Johnley Noel’s 21 points and 11 boards as they were victorious over the Sports Center Elites, 88-81.
High Flyers 93, Wolverines 51
This game was pretty much wrapped up after the first half when the High Flyers went up 61-29. They shot 42 percent for the game and connected on 11 of their 29 shots from three-point territory.
Shantoin Pratt had 18 points. Apart from that, two of his teammates ended the night in double figures. Rashad Ingraham scored 15 points and Jeremy Neely scored 14 points.
Pratt had five of his team’s 13 steals. The High Flyers went on to score 31 points off the Wolverines’ turnovers.
The Wolverines scored the first two points of the game on a Rashad Morley lay-up. The High Flyers’ Justin Gardiner grabbed an offensive rebound and made a shot to tie the game on the next possession. That started a 15-0 scoring run by the High Flyers and they never looked back. They went up 15-2 on Pratt’s lay-up with 6:30 remaining in the first quarter.
The quarter ended with the High Flyers taking a comfortable 30-14 lead.
In the second quarter, the High Flyers increased their lead to 30 points on a Gardiner lay-up with 4:40 remaining in the second quarter.
The High Flyers took their foot off the gas in the second half a bit as they scored 10 and 22 points in the second and third quarters, respectively.
Leading the way for the Wolverines was Henderson Curry with 15 points and seven rebounds.
As a team, the Wolverines had only five assists. They shot 20 percent from the field and connected on just two of their 16 shots from three-point territory.
Tonight’s game in the NPBA Division I action will see the defending champions Commonwealth Bank Giants going up against the Patmor Rebels at 9 p.m.
Stampers 88, Elites 81
The Stampers came back from an 11-point deficit early to overcome the Elites, 88-81.
The Elites’ Tario McKenzie had one of two free throws to cap off a 5-0 run with 7:26 remaining in the first quarter, putting his team up 5-1.
The Elites turned up its offense even more, taking a 19-8 lead on a pair of Glenn Wilson free throws with 1:52 remaining in the first quarter. That 11-point lead was their largest of the game.
Kenrick Charlton helped his Stampers storm back to within one point when he connected on two free throws to bring them to within 26-25 with 4:59 left in the second quarter.
Wilber Seraphin made a lay-up to give the Stampers a 36-35 lead with 1:25 remaining in second quarter.
The Stampers went into the half with a 44-37 lead.
After trailing by as many as 10 points, the Elites came back and took the lead with under a minute remaining in the third quarter on a McKenzie lay-up. They led 59-57.
The Stampers led 61-60 heading into the fourth quarter.
The Stampers opened the fourth quarter on a 16-4 scoring run, taking control of the game. They never relinquished the lead after that, as they won 88-81. The Stampers outscored the Elites 27-21 in that quarter to pull out the victory.
Action resumes tonight in the NPBA Division II with the TMT Giants playing the Leno Eagles Nest at 7 p.m.