Codario Pinder had a huge double-double with 18 points and 14 rebounds to will his Olivia’s Guest House Cybots to a 91-84 victory over the Gladstone Road Liquors Panthers, evening up their Bahamas Government Departmental Basketball Association (BGDBA) best-of-five championship series at a game apiece. The game was played on Wednesday night at the A.F. Adderley Gymnasium.
The Cybots dominated by committee, putting six players in double figures. Eugene Bain led the way with 18 points. Georgio Walkes and Pinder scored 14 apiece; Ernest Saunders and Darshtyn Baker dropped in 11 apiece; and Brian Bain chipped in with 10 points.
Adorn Charlow had a monster game with a game-high 26 points and 15 rebounds in the loss. Rashad Edgecombe chipped in with 19 points for the Panthers.
The game was close for much of the first half. At the end of the first quarter, the score was 27-24 in favor of the Panthers.
It was a see-saw game in the second quarter as both teams fought to gain the upper hand. The Panthers’ Kevin Greenslade connected on a three-point shot with 5:28 to go in the second quarter to put his team ahead 36-32.
Saunders went 2-for-2 from the charity stripe to complete a 5-0 scoring run and give the Cybots a 37-36 lead with 4:04 to go in the half.
At the end of the first half, both teams were deadlocked at 46.
The third quarter started out slow but Bain started a 9-0 run with 2:49 remaining in that quarter to give the Cybots control of the game. His two free throws ignited a run that ended with a Baker three-point shot with 1:18 remaining. They were up 71-63 at that point, and led 74-64 heading into the fourth quarter.
They held onto that lead throughout the fourth, winning 91-84. The Cybots’ largest lead of the game came in the fourth quarter when they were up 76-64.
The Cybots shot 36.6 percent from the field compared to 41.2 percent for the Panthers, but the Panthers committed 21 turnovers which the Cybots converted into 21 points. It was a physical game as the Panthers committed 28 fouls and the Cybots had 14 fouls.
The Cybots went to the free throw line 41 times and connected on 29 of those free shots. The Panthers went to the line 16 times and connected on half of those free shots.
The Panthers ended game one on Monday night with an 8-0 run to squeeze out a 75-73 win, taking the first game of the series. The Panthers’ Salathiel “Donkey” Dean had a game-high 23 points in that contest.
Game three is set for tonight starting at 8 p.m. at the A.F. Adderley Gymnasium. The winner will take the upper hand in the series, and be just one game away from winning the championship. Game four is set for Saturday night at the A.F. Adderley Gymnasium.