The University of The Bahamas Mingoes held the lead on the JD’s Seafood Shockers for most of the second half of their game Wednesday night at the A.F. Adderley gym in NPBA action.
In the last minute of the game, the Shockers were able to take the lead and shock the Mingoes 79-75.
The Mingoes got off to a slow start and trailed by as much as seven points in the game and never held the lead until the third quarter. Kemsy Sylvester hit a three-pointer to give the Mingoes the 51-50 lead with 3:09 to go in the third quarter.
The Mingoes led by as many as nine points but the Shockers started a comeback in the fourth quarter and took the lead to hold on for the win.
William Rigby posted a side-high 23 points for the Shockers to go along with six rebounds. Spurgeon Johnson contributed 18 in the win, along with 16 from Horris McKenzie. Shamir Rolle led the game with 14 rebounds to go along with his 10 points.
Sylvestre led the Mingoes with a game-high 25 points and 11 rebounds. Tim Grant had 13 points; and Romero Cornish and Rashad Sturrup each had 10 points in the loss as well.
Mingoes Head Coach Bacchus Rolle said it was a big win for the Shockers and a big loss for the Mingoes.
“What we did with this loss is we gave the Shockers the mental advantage in believing that they can beat us in the playoffs,” he said.
Rolle said the team squandered their opportunities and did not capitalize on free throws, which aided in the loss. As the Mingoes head into the playoffs, Rolle says the team has to work on its fitness level after being off for two weeks because of the Hugh Campbell Basketball Tournament.
The Mingoes head into the playoffs in the second spot behind the Discount Distributors in the Vince Ferguson division.