The Discount Distributors Rockets and the JD’s Seafood Shockers came away with wins in their respective New Providence Basketball Association (NPBA) Division I (DI) playoff games in the Vince Ferguson Division at the A.F. Adderley Gymnasium on Wednesday night.
The Rockets took a 1-0 lead in their best-of three series when they defeated the Leno Regulators, 86-75.
The Shockers came back to take down the University of The Bahamas (UB) Mingoes, 64-57, in game one of their best-of-three series.
In the other DI playoff series, played on Monday night, the defending champions Commonwealth Bank Giants remained undefeated when they took down the Island Dimension and Development Wolverines 94-59 to take a 1-0 lead. Game two in that series will be held tonight at 9 p.m.
The Breezes High Flyers took down the Uptown Cut Specialists 86-76 in their DI playoff series opener. They return to the court tonight at 8 p.m.
In the early game tonight, in NPBA Division II (DII) playoff action, the Asphalt Maintenance Pirates will go up against the Sports Center Elites.
Rockets 86, Regulators 75
The Rockets used a huge 18-6 second-quarter run to coast to victory as the Regulators could not claw their way back into the game in the second half.
It was a balanced-scoring attack for the Rockets as they had four players in double figures. Leading the way was Livingston Munnings with a double-double, scoring a team-high 15 points and pulling down 11 rebounds in the victory.
Also scoring in double figures for the Rockets was Danrad “Chicken” Knowles, matching team-high honors with 15 points. Rounding out the double figure scoring were Ernest Pinder and Georgio Walkes with 14 and 13 points respectively.
They won the battle on the glass when, pulling down 62 rebounds compared to 53 for the Regulators.
Most of the Rockets’ points came in the paint where they dominated the Regulators 54-28.
The Rockets jumped out to a quick 21-16 first quarter lead after opening the quarter on a 9-0 run.
In the second quarter, the Rockets took it up a notch as they led by double figures, going into the half with a 39-22 lead.
In the fourth quarter, the Regulators trailed by seven points with just under two minutes left in the game when Kenneth Pratt made two free throws.
That was the closest they got to the Rockets as the margin soon reached double digits again.
Leading the way for the Regulators was Alexander Rolle with a game-high 29 points. Chico Francis had a double-double with 12 points and a game-high 12 rebounds.
Shockers 64, Mingoes 57
At the end of the third quarter, the Mingoes held a 47-39 lead and they looked comfortable going into the fourth.
However, a 25-10 fourth quarter advantage by the Shockers gave them their second straight victory over the Mingoes, both in one week’s time.
Lenny Oscar led all scorers with 15 points in the victory. Horris McKenzie finished with 10 points.
The Shockers opened the fourth quarter on an 8-0 scoring run to tie the game at 47. Shamir Rolle hit two free shots to complete the run, and the game was tied with a little over seven minutes remaining.
Oscar gave the Shockers the lead when he made a layup with 3:20 remaining, putting them up 53-51.
The Shockers never trailed again. They ended the quarter on a 13-4 run to put themselves in the driver’s seat in the series.
Kemsy Sylvestre led the way for the Mingoes with a double-double, scoring 14 points and grabbing a game-high 13 points.
Robert Joseph and Romero Cornish finished with 10 each in the loss.
Both teams shot under 30 percent on the night. The Shockers scored 20 points off turnovers from the Mingoes.
The Shockers leaned on their bench quite a bit. They had 44 bench points in the win.