It was a fruitful day for the collegiate teams as the University of Memphis Tigers, Georgetown University Hoyas and the Texas Technical University Red Raiders picked up wins in the Bahamas Basketball Federation Summer of Thunder (SOT) exhibition games at the Kendal G.L. Isaacs National Gymnasium and Baha Mar resort on Thursday, August 15.
The Hoyas took care of the Bahamas Men’s Senior National Team in a 91-61 victory.
The Tigers defeated the New Providence Basketball Association (NPBA) select team in a dominating 135-60 performance.
In the other game of the day, the Red Raiders clipped the Mega Bemax in a close 94-92 final score.
Hoyas 91, Bahamas National Team 61
After winning their first game under newly-appointed Head Coach Chris DeMarco, Team Bahamas had no answer to the Hoyas’ 21-7 first quarter start.
James Akinjo led the way for the Hoyas with a near double-double scoring 13 points and grabbing eight rebounds. He also had six dimes in the 91-61 victory.
Mark St. Fort scored a game-high 19 points for Team Bahamas in the loss.
It was a close game in the first quarter with the Hoyas up 13-7. With four minutes and 10 seconds left in that quarter, the Hoyas went on a 14-0 run to end the quarter on a balanced attack.
Team Bahamas played a better quarter in the second period as they outscored the Hoyas 18-12 to close the gap to end the half at 39-25 with the Hoyas up.
Team Bahamas got outscored 52-36 in the second half to fall 91-61 to the Hoyas.
Danrad Knowles had a double-double with 13 points and a game-high nine rebounds for Team Bahamas.
For Team Bahamas, they will play their third and final game today against the Tigers at Baha Mar Resort. That game will start at 5 p.m.
This victory wrapped up the Hoyas’ three-game 2019 foreign tour. They ended the tour with a perfect three wins after getting wins over the Commonwealth Bank Giants and Raw Talent Elite earlier in the week.
The Hoyas also hosted a youth clinic at the Kendal G.L. Isaacs Gymnasium.
Tigers 135, NPBA Select 60
It was a high-octane offensive display from start to finish as the Tigers held nothing back to average just over 33 points a quarter.
The Tigers’ D.J. Jeffries led all scorers with 22 points in the victory. Isaiah Maurice chipped in with a double-double with 21 points and 12 rebounds for the Tigers. They had a balance scoring with eight players reaching double figures in points.
Dionte Smith led the locals with 20 points and two assists.
At the end of the first quarter, the Tigers had a 37-16 lead. They opened the first quarter with a 17-3 run with 7:07 remaining in the quarter.
The Tigers held the Select Team to 16 points again in the second quarter while pouring in 16 points. The first half ended with a 69-32 Tigers lead.
They never looked back as they held the locals to a 28-point second half to end the game with a final score of 135-60 to win the game.
The Tigers had 72 total rebounds compared to the Select Team’s 39 rebounds. They also forced the locals to turn the ball over 21 times and scored 29 points from those turnovers.
Overall, the Tigers shot better than 54 percent from the field as they held their counterparts to an inefficient 27 percent from the field.
This victory is their second straight lopsided victory after downing the Giants 114-83.
The Tigers will be back in action against the Bahamas National Team at Baha Mar starting at 5 p.m. this evening.
They will play their final game against Raw Talent Elite at Baha Mar at noon tomorrow.
Red Raiders 94, Mega Bemax 92
Freshman Jahmi’us Ramsey had an out-of-the world game to record a double-double, scoring a game-high of 44 points and a game-high of 12 rebounds in the victory for the Red Raiders.
Nikola Miskovic led the Serbia side with 14 points in the loss.
The Red Raiders jumped out to an 18-7 lead with 14:15 remaining in the first half.
Mega Bemax climbed back to tie the game at 19-19 on an Edin Atic and-one play with 11:26 remaining in the first half.
The two sides kept the game close before Mega Bemax went into the intermission with a 49-95 lead thanks to an Andrija Marjanovic made three-pointer with 41 seconds remaining in the first half.
Mega Bemax led most of the second half until Ramsey hit a two-point jumper with 6:28 remaining to give his team an 82-80 lead – their first for the second half.
The game remained close as Mega Bemax’s Marko Simonovic brought the game within one point on a layup with 22 seconds remaining. The Red Raiders was up 93-92.
On the next possession, the Red Raiders’ Kyler Edwards was fouled and he made one of two free throws to give his team a 94-92 lead with 21 seconds remaining in the game.
Miskovic was unable to make his three-pointer attempt with 17 seconds remaining as the Red Raiders held on to a 94-92 victory.
They now have one win and one loss on their trip to The Bahamas.
Mega Bemax will have a chance to get revenge tomorrow when they play the Red Raiders at the Kendal G.L. Isaacs National Gymnasium at 1 p.m.