It was a busy Saturday night for the New Providence Basketball Association (NPBA) as three games were played at the A.F. Adderley Junior High School Gymnasium – two in division one, and the other in division two. In D-I action, the PJ Stingers and Seafood Shockers picked up wins. In division two action, the Aliv Buckets knocked off the Caro Contractors Resistance team.
Stingers 105, Caro Contractors Pirates 101
In the late game of the night, the Stingers withstood a valiant fourth-quarter comeback by the Pirates to go home with a victory. Able Joseph led the way for the Stingers with 22 points, six rebounds and four assists.
For the Pirates, Dominique Fernander led the way with a game-high 34 points.
The Stingers ended the first quarter ahead 26-20. It was a more balanced game in the second quarter as the Pirates tried to stay within striking distance.
Stingers’ player Marcellus Mortimer made a lay-up with 6:08 remaining in the second quarter to give his team a 16-point lead. However, the Pirates came all the way back. Fernander scored two points to cut the lead to just four with eight seconds remaining in the first half. The Stingers were ahead 43-39. Stingers’ player Scottie Farrington split free throws to give his team a 44-39 lead at the half.
The third quarter belonged to the Stingers as they took over the game. They went into the fourth quarter with a comfortable 73-59 lead.
With just over a minute remaining in the game and the Pirates trailing by 13 points, Donathan Johnson made a lay-up to bring his team to within 11.
Fernander brought his team to within four points, 103-99. Unfortunately, it was too late for the Pirates as they did not have enough time to complete the comeback.
With that win, the Stingers have a 4-1 win-loss record on the season. The Pirates are 2-3.
Shockers 65, Fort Charlotte Defenders 58
Lenny Oscar and Cameron Adderley scored 18 points apiece to lead the Shockers to a huge 65-68 win over the Defenders.
For the Defenders, Charaz Lafleur led the way with 12 points.
The Defenders came out in the first quarter very aggressive as they took a 14-10 lead at the end of the first quarter.
With 5:54 remaining in the half, Adderley’s tip-in gave the Shockers a 18-16 lead. With under a minute left in the half, the Shockers led 24-23. Shockers’ Franko Bethel increased the Shockers’ lead to three points on a tip-in.
The Shockers won the second quarter 16-9. This made the difference in the game as the Defenders were outscored 39-35 in the second half.
The Defenders shot better statistically, 34 percent to 29 percent. The Shockers won the battle of the glass, 62-49, enabling them to score 24 second chance points compared to just 14 for the Defenders.
The Shockers are 2-4 in the win-loss column for the season. The Defenders dropped to 1-4.
Aliv Buckets 96, Caro Contractors Resistance 80
It was the only NPBA Division II game on the night as the Buckets used a huge third quarter to defeat the Resistance 96-80.
Detarrio Thompson scored a game-high 16 points to lead the Buckets. Marcian Higgins scored 12 points for the Resistance.
The Resistance began the game with a turnover that translated into a three-point lead for the Buckets as Anwar Neilly hit a three-point shot.
It proved to be a rough first quarter for the Reistance as the Buckets went up by nine with 57 seconds remaining on a lay-up by Levonne Moxey.
One of two free shots from Matthew Davis and a lay-up chipped into the Buckets’ nine-point lead. The score was 20-14 heading into the second quarter.
It was a competitive second quarter as the Buckets took a 42-38 lead at the half.
In the third quarter, the Buckets came alive. They outscored their opponent 28-17 in that quarter to take a commanding 70-55 lead going into the fourth.
The score was tied at 46-46 with 8:24 left in the third quarter, but the Buckets went on a 15-4 scoring run to take a 61-48 lead and never looked back. The game was over after the third as the Buckets coasted in the fourth quarter to a 96-80 victory.
The Buckets shot a blistering 50 percent from the field and pulled away for an easy win despite the Resistance connecting on 10 of their three-point attempts.
The Buckets sport a 4-1 win-loss record on the season, while the Resistance are 1-4.
Games resume tonight with the Leno Eagles Nest taking on the Caro Contractors Titans in division two starting at 7 p.m. The PJ Stingers will face the Leno Regulators in division one in the featured game.