Mingoes trounce the Defenders in NPBA action

The Fort Charlotte Defenders took a quick seven-point lead on the University of The Bahamas (UB) Mingoes in their game Friday night at the A.F. Adderley Gymnasium, but the Mingoes didn’t let that last too long.

The Defenders led by seven with 3:11 to go in the first quarter, up 16-9. The Mingoes cut that lead down and didn’t stop pounding the Defenders en route to a 95-69 trouncing in division one action in the New Providence Basketball Association (NPBA).

The Mingoes still hold onto the second spot in the Vince Ferguson Division with a 9-2 win-loss record, just a half game behind the Discount Distributor Rockets, who hold the top spot at 10-2.

Kemsy Sylvestre led the Mingoes with 30 points in the win, stating that they came into the game a bit overconfident.

“We may have taken them for granted early on because we knew we had beaten them before,” said Sylvestre. “We also came into the game to try execute some offensive plays.”

The Mingoes defeated the Defenders 93-69 on November 8, 2019 as a part of UB’s Homecoming Week.

Behind Sylvestre’s game-high, Robert Joseph dumped in 22 points and five assists to help the Mingoes record the win.

“This was a statement game for us,” said Joseph. “We came in and knew we had to work on some things, especially some new offensive plays. We started off slow and then we started to gel and things were just going for us.”

Rashad Sturrup had 13 rebounds and seven points for the Mingoes. Christoph McKenzie contributed 10 points and 11 rebounds.

Gregory Seymour led the Defenders with 23 points and 17 rebounds. Carrington Dean had 13 points and Rufus Dean had 12 in a losing effort.

The Mingoes played the Rebels in NPBA action at the D.W. Davis Gymnasium last night, but the result of that game was unavailable up to press time.

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