High Flyers force decisive game; three teams advance

The Sand Dollar Import High Flyers forced a decisive game three against the Leno Regulators, winning 86-63, in New Providence Basketball Association (NPBA) Division I playoff at the A.F. Adderley Gymnasium on Saturday night. Earlier that night, the Caro Contractors Shockers took down the University of The Bahamas (UB) Mingoes 74-69, winning that series two games to none. Also punching their ticket along with the Shockers to the semifinals were the Commonwealth Bank Giants and the Discount Distributors Liquors Rockets.

The High Flyers had five players scoring in double digits as they bounced back in their series against the Regulators, tying that best-of-three series 1-1. Dave Davis had a double-double, scoring 16 points and pulling down 15 rebounds. His teammate Van Hutchinson also had a double-double – 15 points and 16 rebounds.

Leading the way for the Regulators was Kemsey Sylvestre who had a game-high 21 points and added 13 rebounds. Also performing well for the Regulators was Darius Adams who also had a double-double with 17 points and 16 rebounds.

The High Flyers controlled the game from the first quarter, leading 24-16 after the first 10 minutes of play. The Regulators had no answer for the High Flyers who outscored them 18-12 in the second period. With that outburst, the High Flyers took a comfortable 42-28 lead into the break.

The High Flyers’ Enrico Bethel give them a 20-point lead when he made a three-point shot with 47 seconds left in the third quarter. They were up 64-44 after that shot. The High Flyers continued their dominance in the fourth quarter, outscoring the Regulators in that quarter, 21-19.

Game three is set for tonight at 8.30 p.m.

In the early game on Saturday, the Shockers using a huge fourth quarter to pull away from the Mingoes. At the end of the third quarter, the Mingoes led 56-48 and it looked like they were about to force a decisive third game in their best-of-three series.

The Shockers had other plans as they opened the fourth quarter on a 6-0 scoring run to pull to within two points, 56-54. Jackson Dalmond gave the Shockers the lead with 5:31 left in the game when he made a jump shot to put them up 63-61. They stretched that lead to nine points, going up 70-61 with 3:47 left in the game. The Mingoes’ Gabriel Styles connected on a jump shot with 1:44 left, pulling them to within 70-69. That was the last field goal the Mingoes made for the game. The Shockers scored the final four points of the game.

The Shockers had five players in double figures with Spurgeon Johnson leading the way with 18 points. William Rigby posted a double-double with 14 points and 18 boards. Theodore Grant led the Mingoes with 18 points.

The defending champions, the Rockets, easily took care of the shorthanded TMT Giants, 111-64. The Giants got out to a good start in the first quarter, leading 26-24. However, that glory was short-lived for them. The Rockets took a 52-37 lead into the half.

It was more of the Rockets dominance in the third quarter. They led by as much as 50 points in the game, advancing to the semifinals.

Dion McPhee scored 21 points to lead the Rockets. The Giants were led by Randy Miller with a game-high 24 points.

The Commonwealth Bank Giants got a walkover victory over the Rebels in the second game of that series and will now move on to the semifinals. The Giants won easily in the first game of that series, 121-67.

In the early game tonight, Cyber Tech will take on the Discount Distributors Rockets in NPBA Division II action. That game gets underway at 7 p.m. Also, in division two, the Rebels will battle the YES Giants. That game will be played tomorrow at 7 p.m. In division one playoff action, the Shockers will play the Discount Distributors Liquors Rockets at 8.30 p.m. tomorrow, starting their semifinal series.

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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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