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Wolverines, Rockets pick up wins in NPBA

The Island Dimension and Development Wolverines and the Sun Oil Rockets picked up wins in Division I and II in the New Providence Basketball Association (NPBA) on Wednesday night at the A.F. Adderley Gymnasium. FILE

The Island Dimension and Development Wolverines took down the Breezes High Flyers 86-78 in New Providence Basketball Association (NPBA) Division I action at the A.F. Adderley Gymnasium on Wednesday night.

In Division II action, it was the Sun Oil Rockets who got the better of the Sports Center Elites, 103-92, in the earlier game that night.

Wolverines 86, High Flyers 78

Dominique Fernander finished with 20 points and 10 rebounds to finish with a double-double for the Wolverines as they defeated the High Flyers 86-78.

The Wolverines now have a 6-6 win-loss record on the season. The High Flyers are now 9-3.

Tomeko Moxey chipped in with 20 points and nine rebounds for the Wolverines.

After trailing at the end of the third quarter 64-61, the Wolverines found a way to claw

themselves back into the game.

Early in the fourth quarter, the Wolverines went on a 7-1 run to take a 68-65 lead on a Fernander and-one play with 8:41 remaining in the game.

Jeremy Neely, who finished with a game-high 27 points for his High Flyers, connected on a layup to give his team a 72-69 lead with 7:25 remaining in the game.

Like they did earlier in the fourth quarter, the Wolverines went on another run to get out of the hole.

This time they went on a 13-0 run that was capped off with a layup by Garvin Lightbourne with just a little over three minutes remaining in the game. They went up 82-72.

The High Flyers were unable to come back from that 10-point deficit as the Wolverines won 86-78.

The Wolverines shot 42 percent from the field. They out-muscled the High Flyers 58-50 on the glass.

Tonight’s Division I game will see the University of The Bahamas Mingoes (9-2) go up against the Leno Regulators (4-8) at 9 p.m.

 Rockets 103, Elites 92

It was a high-scoring game between the Rockets (10-3) and the Elites (3-9) but it was the Rockets’ defense that led them to a 103-92 victory.

The Rockets have five players scoring in double digits with Lerecus Armbrister leading the way with 20 points and three steals.

After going down 19-18 at the end of the first quarter, the Rockets had to find a way to take the lead.

With 7:15 remaining in the second quarter, the Rockets took a 10-point lead that was punctuated by a Collin Storr dunk. That was the end of a 12-3 run the by the Rockets who went up 31-21.

As the quarter went on, the Rockets took their largest lead of 21 points when Cameron Chery converted all three of his free throws after being fouled on a three-pointer attempt. They led 48-27 with 2:22 remaining in the first half.

The Elites were able to cut the lead down to 16 points at the end of the first half where the Rockets led 53-37 after winning the quarter 35-18.

That quarter proved to be the Elites’ downfall as they were not able to climb out from that hole. The Rockets managed to hold on to win 103-92.

Leading the way for the Elites was Tario McKenzie, who scored a game-high 21 points. He also led his team with eight rebounds.

The High Flyers (4-8) and the Your Essential Store Giants (11-0) will face each other in Division II action at 7 p.m.

Sports Reporter at The Nassau Guardian
Simba joined The Nassau Guardian in 2012 as a technical producer for Guardian Radio 96.9 FM. He joined the Editorial Department as a sports reporter in 2018. Simba has covered a wide range of sports stories, including the 2018 CARIFTA in Nassau, Bahamas.
Education: College of the Bahamas, BA Media Journalism
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