Mingoes thrash Defenders to win homecoming game

Four University of The Bahamas (UB) Mingoes players scored in double digits to lead the team to a 93-66 pounding of the Fort Charlotte Defenders in UB’s homecoming game Friday night in New Providence Basketball Association (NPBA) action.

Kemsey Sylvestre led the Mingoes with 17 points and 11 rebounds to go along with four assists and four steals. Romero Cornish was the top scorer for the Mingoes with 20 points. Travaughn Nicholls and Robert Joseph each had 12 in the win.

“We didn’t win our last homecoming game last year so to get the win this year was a great feeling for us,” said Cornish, who also had four rebounds and two steals. “We started slow tonight but once we got going we couldn’t be stopped.”

The Mingoes are now 2-0 on the season, while the Defenders dropped to 0-2.

The Mingoes’ defense was stifling from the second quarter, with 16 steals that led to 36 fast break points on the night.

The Defenders led once on the night off a three-pointer from Brandon Williams, to put them up 12-11 about 4:46 into the first quarter. The Mingoes led 22-20 to end the opening quarter. In the second quarter, the Mingoes opened on a 16-2 run lead in part by Nichols, who had four consecutive drives for eight points. The Mingoes ended the half 46-35.

The Mingoes didn’t look back after that and dominated the game in the second half en route to the win.

Williams led the Defenders with 17 points in the loss. Gregory Seymour also had 19 rebounds for the Defenders.

The Mingoes play again this weekend at the Edward Waters College Thanksgiving Classic in Jacksonville, Florida.


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