The University of The Bahamas (UB) Mingoes needed a career-high performance from Kemsy Sylvestre to hold off the Uptown Cuts Specialists in a double-overtime thriller on Friday in New Providence Basketball Association (NPBA) Division I action.
Sylvestre came alive in the second half of the game, including the two overtime periods. He led the Mingoes with a game-high 47 points en route to the 99-97 win for the Mingoes at the A.F. Adderley Gymnasium. The Mingoes currently sit in second spot of the Vince Ferguson Division of the NPBA with an 8-2 win-loss record. The Discount Distributors Rockets lead the division with a 9-2 record.
At the end of regulation, the Mingoes were able to force a tie at 68 despite trailing by as much as eight in the fourth quarter. They led by as much as 12 in the game, and trailed by eight in the fourth.
In the first five-minute overtime period, Sylvestre scored 14 points to keep the Mingoes in the game and force the second overtime. The period ended with the score tied at 84.
With about 1:19 to go in the second overtime period, Specialists’ guard Henry Rolle fouled Mingoes’ guard Robert Joseph behind the three-point arc. Joseph hit all three free throws to put the Mingoes up 96-93. The Mingoes were able to hold off the Specialists and pick up the 99-97 win.
“In the first half they slowed it down and we were able to score a lot but they were running,” Sylvestre said. “We had to adjust to the slow game and really work our zone defense.”
Sylvestre scored three points in the first two quarters but in the second half he came alive. He shot 18-for-27 from inside the arc to go along with 13 boards, four assists, three steals and three blocks.
Robert Joseph scored 18 points to go along with six assists; Christoph McKenzie had 11; and Rashad Sturrup added 10 for the Mingoes.
Adorn Charlow led the Specialists with 26 points and Colton Albury had 23. Stephan Burrows had 20 for the Specialists and Jeron Smith dropped in 10 in the loss.
With only six more games in the regular season, Sylvestre said this win was important to the squad.
“This meant a lot to us,” he said. “We just came off a tough loss and three of our players weren’t here because they are injured and we had to fight. We had to make a statement.”
The Mingoes play again on Friday at 8 p.m. when they take on the Fort Charlotte Defenders. That game will be played at the D.W. Davis Gym.