The University of The Bahamas (UB) Mingoes bounced back after an opening game loss in the New Providence Basketball Association (NPBA) playoffs with a statement win over the JD’s Seafood Shockers on Saturday night at the A.F. Adderley Gymnasium.
The Shockers led only once, in the opening two minutes at 2-1. Staying alive in the mini best-of-three series, the Mingoes took control early in the game and never looked back.
Led by Robert Joseph with 29 points and Kemsy Sylvestre with 27, the Mingoes overwhelmed the Shockers, 91-73, in NPBA Division I action. The best-of-three series is now tied at a game apiece with the decisive game three set for Wednesday at 8 p.m. at the A.F. Adderley Gym. The Shockers beat the Mingoes in the first game of the series, 64-57.
Sylvester, who also pulled down 17 rebounds for the Mingoes, said a game changer in game two was that he was able to stay out of foul trouble.
“For most of the time, I was out of foul trouble and you know we came out from the start. We came out playing hard,” he said. “The defense had to be on point, our shooters were making their shots and we just kicked it off from the beginning.”
Joseph said they were able to get the win because they listened to Head Coach Bacchus Rolle.
“We stayed focused from the start to the end of the game and we did what coach said and we executed our plays on defense and on offense,” he said. “Coach was telling us to execute every play.”
Sylvestre said that the team recognized the problems from game one and now have the momentum heading into game three.
“In the first game, we weren’t pulling down our rebounds,” he said. “They had a lot of second chance shots. We got mixed up coming back down on defense. We were missing wide open lay-ups, missing shots, you know, everything was just going bad the first game and, of course, I was in foul trouble and I play a valuable role on the team.”
Sylvestre said he’s confident that they can complete the comeback in game three, once they stick to the plan and play like they did in game two. Game three is set for Wednesday at 8 p.m. at the A.F. Adderley Gym.