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Mingoes looking for two wins during basketball classic

The University of The Bahamas Mingoes captain Kemsey Sylvestre practices a shot while Mingoes Assistant Coach Lavar Johnson looks on during a team shootaround Friday at the Adams-Jenkins Community Sports & Music Complex in Jacksonville, Florida. UB ATHLETICS

The University of The Bahamas Mingoes worked out Friday ahead of a two-game set at the first Edward Waters College Thanksgiving Classic and are looking forward to two wins.

The Mingoes play two games at the Classic this weekend in Jacksonville at the Adams-Jenkins Community Sports & Music Complex.

Head Coach Bacchus Rolle worked out the team Friday morning. They went through shooting drills and ran a few plays to get the team ready.

The Mingoes are 2-0 in NPBA play and the team is looking to extend that winning streak this weekend.

“The guys are very excited. The workout last night was intense so today we dialed it back a bit heading into the first game,” Rolle said. “The guys look like they know they can compete at this level. We have the younger players trying to keep up with the older guys and the older guys playing hard to show the younger players ‘hey it’s not your time yet’ so this is going to be an interesting weekend.”

Rolle added that the team has a very high level of chemistry that he hasn’t seen in a while.

“This team realizes that they are a bit — even though more cohesive — a little less talented than other teams,” he added.

“They are relying on being a unit more than their individualism. I am exceptionally pleased with the senior leadership from the team captains and senior members of the team. I’m excited for this weekend.”

The Mingoes played Florida National University out of Miami Friday night and will play Edward Waters today. Rolle said Florida National is the first test for Mingoes.

“Our strength in that game is definitely going to be our tempo,” he said. “If we can control the tempo I think we are going to be fine. They play a very structured offense and we are going to run the ball a lot at them and see if we can get them out of sync.”

The Mingoes play The Edward Waters College Tigers 4 p.m. today at the Adams-Jenkins Community Sports & Music Complex in Jacksonville, Florida.

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