Mingoes fall to the Giants in battle of undefeated teams

Kemsy Sylvestre scored off the opening tip for the University of The Bahamas (UB) Mingoes, putting them ahead 2-0 over the Commonwealth Bank Giants on Friday night, and that was the only time they led in the game as the Giants ran away with the victory in a match-up of unbeaten teams.

The Giants went on a 28-4 scoring run in the next five minutes and never looked back en route to a comfortable 107-87 win in New Providence Basketball Association (NPBA) Division I competition on Friday at the A.F. Adderley Gymnasium.

The Giants dominated the Mingoes on the boards – 56 to 39 – and that assisted with 34 fast break points for the Giants. The Giants controlled the game for most of the contest. With 8:25 to go in the third quarter, Giants forward Eugene Bain scored on an easy layup to put his team ahead 67-37 – their largest lead of the game at that point.

Bain led the Giants with 25 points and 16 rebounds. Adam Johnson scored 20, D’shon Taylor added 15, Michael “Furley” Bain scored 13, and Jackson Jacob and Renardo Baillou each scored 12 in the win.

Sylvestre led all players with 26 points for the Mingoes. He also had three steals and two blocks. Robert Joseph put in 21 points while pulling down 10 rebounds. Romero Cornish scored 14 for the Mingoes. Rashad Sturrup had 12 points for the Mingoes to go along with 14 rebounds.

Mingoes Head Coach Bacchus Rolle said his team just ran up against an offensively good team.

“They are very skilled at every position and we let them get too far ahead of us early in the game,” he said. “We talked about trying to keep it close but we didn’t have the discipline offensively early in the game and we paid for it.”

The Mingoes cut the lead to nine points twice in the fourth quarter. A jumper from Ujamaa Johnson with about 4:37 to go brought them to within 91-82; and then Sylvestre connected on a driving layup to pull them to within 93-84 at the 3:54 mark. The Giants ended the game on a 17-3 run to keep the Mingoes at bay.

“We ran out of gas,” Rolle said. “Whenever you are battling back from 20 points down most of the game you might get a good run but you can’t sustain it because of your legs and fatigue. Tonight we only went about eight deep on the bench so we had fatigued players. It’s difficult to come back from that kind of deficit against a strong team like the Giants.”

The Mingoes next play at 9 p.m. on Friday when they take on the Wolverines at the A.F. Adderley gym. Following that, they will play an international two-game set in Orlando, Florida, later in December.

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