Elite, Shockers pick up wins in the NPBA

The JD’s Seafood Shockers used a huge fourth quarter to take advantage of the Pros, 84-70, in New Providence Basketball Association (NPBA) action on Wednesday night at the A.F. Adderley Gymnasium. In NPBA Division II action, the Basden Elevator Elite stormed back to sneak past the Sun Oil Rockets, 83-82.

Elite 83, Rockets 82

A lay-up by Martin Conliffe with 1:48 remaining gave the Elite the lead for good and they held on for the win against the Rockets.

Conliffe finished with 21 points to lead his team in scoring. Craig Gibson and Stephen Jones finished with 18 points apiece for the Rockets.

The Rockets led for most of the first half, going up by double digits at one point, 41-31. By the half, the Rockets had connected on five three-pointers compared to just one by the Elite.

The Elite tried to cut into the lead early in the third quarter but the Rockets kept holding them off.

With 6:28 to go in the third quarter, Elite’s Miguel Burrows started a 7-0 scoring run with a lay-up. Burrows ended the run by splitting his free throws with 4:10 remaining in the quarter.

Conliffe took the lead down to four with 1:29 remaining on a lay-up.

The Rockets took that four-point lead to nine on a Gibson jump shot just inside the arc with five seconds remaining in the third quarter.

The quarter ended with the Rockets up 60-51, a comfortable cushion to take into the fourth quarter.

It was an entertaining start to the fourth quarter as the Elite came out the gate strong, cutting into the lead. The Rockets refused to comply, quickly carrying the lead back up to nine.

It was back and forth until Conliffe hit a huge three-pointer with 3:26 remaining to give them their first lead of the quarter, 75-73.

Stephen Jones, of the Rockets, tied the game at 77 with a lay-up with 1:54 left in the game. Dario McKenzie took his Elite squad up by four points on a lay-up with 49 seconds remaining. The score was 83-79 at that point. Three seconds later, Crispin Gibson hit a three-pointer to help the Rockets cut the lead to one, 83-82, what turned out to be the final score.

With 23 seconds remaining, McKenzie attempted a three-pointer but missed.

The Rockets’ Ethan McKenzie grabbed the rebound. They had three attempts at taking the lead after grabbing more offensive rebounds but the shots missed.

The Elite are now 2-2 in the win-loss column, while the Rockets are 3-1.

Shockers 84, Pros 70

The Shockers outscored the Pros 23-10 in the final quarter, running away with a 84-70 victory.

The Shockers had a balanced scoring attack as Adam Johnson, Dustan McKenzie and William Rigby all scored 14 points. The Pros’ Colton Albury led all scorers with 26 points.

The Pros jumped out to a 20-13 lead at the end of the first quarter. They were up 7-2 early in the game and kept the momentum going.

It was a very tight second quarter as the Shockers got back into the game. They came within one point on a Shakwon Lewis three-point shot with 6:44 remaining. The score was 23-22 at that point.

The Pros took the lead to seven but Lenny Oscar’s and-one play brought the Shockers to within two points with 2:54 remaining. That made the score, 32-30.

The Pros went up by nine points before the Shockers brought the lead back to seven points at the half.

The Pros went into the half ahead 39-32.

In the third quarter, the Shockers raised their level of play. They slowly chipped away at the lead.

With 1:44 left to go in the third quarter, the Shockers took a one-point lead on a tip-in by McKenzie. They went up 55-54.

When the whistle was blown at the end of the third quarter, the Shockers were up 61-60. They outscored the Pros 29-21 in the third quarter.

The Shockers turned it up in the fourth quarter as they quickly went on an 8-0 scoring run and went ahead 69-60 with 7:56 remaining.

With just under four minutes remaining, the Shockers went up by 15 points and never looked back, holding off the Pros 84-70. They outscored them 23-10 in the fourth quarter.

With the win, the Shockers snapped a four-game losing streak and sport a 2-4 win-loss record. The Pros are still looking for their first win of the season. They are winless in five games.

 Tonight’s division two games will feature the Breezes High Flyers taking on the Triple K Stampers followed by Caro Contractors Resistance going up against the Your Essential Store Giants. The undefeated Commonwealth Bank Giants will be challenged by Leno Regulators in division one action following the division two games. The first game begins at 8 p.m. at the A.F. Adderley Gymnasium.

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Simba French

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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