The University of The Bahamas (UB) Mingoes led the Leno Regulators by as much as 28 points; but in the fourth quarter of their New Providence Basketball Association (NPBA) matchup Friday night, UB almost let the Regulators back in the game.
The Mingoes, led by Robert Joseph’s 27-point production, held off the fourth quarter push from the Regulators to pick up the 89-82 win.
The Mingoes led by 28 points (67-39) in the third quarter off a Rashad Sturrup offensive rebound turned into a dunk with about 7:40 to go in the quarter.
The Regulators started the fourth quarter off a 10-2 run and got close to the Mingoes.
The Mingoes were able to hold on for the win and jump into the top spot of the Vince Ferguson division with an 11-2 record. The Discount Distributor Rockets have the same record but the Mingoes, by virtue of defeating the Rockets 82-80 on November 23, 2019, hold the top spot.
Joseph said he wasn’t sure why his team lost focus at the end of the game but added they can’t let that happen again.
“At the end of the 3rd quarter going into the 4th quarter we lost our composure because we only scored 11 and we gave away about 30 points and we got disconnected on defense,” he said. “The guys just started playing lazy, they just were giving the guys easy points, probably fatigue. We can’t let that happen again and that’s something we have to work on in the near future.”
Sturrup lead the Mingoes with 15 rebounds and 12 points and agreed with Joseph. “We started to slack off and got lazy on the defense and had careless passes on offense. We have got to stay strong, stay committed, play as a unit and play all the way through, be disciplined and execute if we want to win when it counts.”
Kemsy Sylvestre had 13 points and Daniel Hall had 10 to aid the Mingoes in the win.
Alexander Rolle had 19 points and 14 rebounds in the loss for the Regulators. Lloyd Bailey put up 20 points and Kenneth Pratt contributed 17 points as well for the Regulators.
The Mingoes play again at 8 p.m. on Friday, February 7, 2020 against the BIBT Great Whites in NPBA action at the A.F. Adderley gym.