Robert Joseph seemingly could not miss from behind the three-point arc for the University of The Bahamas (UB) Mingoes against the Wolverines on Saturday night in action in the New Providence Basketball Association (NPBA).
Joseph hit eight three-pointers en route to a game high 32 points to lead the Mingoes to a comfortable 98-75 win.
Joseph tied his career-high with the 32-point performance. He also had 32 points against the Rockets earlier this season. The eight made three-pointers was a single game career-high for him.
“We knew we needed to make a statement after our winning streak was broken by the Giants,” said Joseph. “The team came out a bit slow but when we got going we could not be stopped. We hope to keep this energy for the rest of the season.”
Team captain Kemsy Sylvestre had a spectacular night with 24 points and 14 boards for UB. Ujamaa Johnson contributed 16 points and Christoph McKenzie had 10 in the win.
The Mingoes now sport a 6-1 win-loss record to lead the Vince Ferguson Division in the NPBA. The Wolverines dropped to 3-5.
Selwyn McKenzie scored 20 points to go along with nine rebounds in the loss for the Wolverines. Charaz LaFleur had 16 and Demetri Mackey contributed 10.
The Wolverines led early in the opening minutes of the game, but after the Mingoes took charge, the Wolverines weren’t able to get back in the game until the third quarter. Mackey hit a three-pointer to put them ahead 55-54 with 5:02 to go in the quarter. The Mingoes then went on an 8-0 scoring run and eventually ended the quarter ahead 69-65.
In the fourth, the Mingoes could not be stopped, it seemed. Joseph hit four of his eight three-pointers in that quarter and the Mingoes led by as much as 28 – coincidentally off a Joseph three-pointer with 2:23 to go in the game. They led 98-70 at that point. The Wolverines got no closer than 20 points the rest of the way.
Mingoes’ Assistant Head Coach Lavar Johnson said the squad started slow but he wasn’t too worried.
“Defensively, we were sluggish at the beginning but then the hot shooting from Joseph, Johnson and Sylvestre really got us going,” he said.
The Mingoes don’t play again in the NPBA until next year, but play an international two-game set December 20-21 in Orlando, Florida, USA.