MIAMI GARDENS, Florida — Kemsy Sylvestre and Justin Smith combined for 49 points for the University of The Bahamas (UB) but a slew of three-pointers from St. Thomas University late in their game kept the UB Mingoes from picking up the win last Wednesday night.
The Mingoes led by as much four early in the game and even held the lead for about 11 minutes of the contest but could not convert late in the second half. They lost 94-69 to the St. Thomas Bobcats in the first game of a three-game tour in the Miami, Florida, area.
“We’re still trying to learn how to close out games, we’re down six points with 9:21 to go in the game and then I think fatigue may have played a factor and we didn’t get back on defense and then turnovers and no rebounds late in the game, all of that began the implode. When that start it’s difficult for us to get back into a groove,” said Mingoes’ Head Coach Bacchus Rolle.
The Bobcats capitalized off 26 Mingoes turnovers by converting them into 31 points.
“It’s difficult for us to win if we are turning the ball over 26 times in a game,” Rolle pointed out.
Sylvester ended the night with 25 points to go with nine rebounds to lead the Mingoes. Smith added 24 points including four three-pointers and five steals.
The Bobcats won the three-point battle in the game by going 14-for-28 compared to just 7-for-24 for the Mingoes.
“I think we are still in the learning mode,” Rolle said. “Our guys see that they can compete and we are very aggressive for the first three quarters of games, but once fatigue sets in the brain goes and then the legs go and we have to learn to be a bit more disciplined and concentrate, and have the stamina to win the best possible way.”
Back here in The Bahamas, the Mingoes were challenged by the Caro Contractors Pirates in New Providence Basketball Association (NPBA) Division I action at the A.F. Adderley Gymnasium last night, but the result of that game was unavailable up to press time.