The University of The Bahamas (UB) Mingoes men’s basketball team, fresh off an international tour, hoped to get back on a winning streak in the New Providence Basketball Association (NPBA) when they took on the Caro Construction Shockers. The Shockers had other plans.
The Shockers held the Mingoes to only five points in the first quarter, en route to a 76-56 win at the A.F. Adderley Gymnasium.
Delano Armbrister led the Mingoes with 12 points, those dozen points coming off four three-pointers. He added eight rebounds and also had five steals.
Erquantae Edgecombe and Timothy Grant each had eight points and six rebounds for the Mingoes. Gabriel Styles pulled down seven rebounds to go along with five points.
William Rigby led the Shockers with 20 points and he added eight rebounds.
The Shockers led 32-5 after the first quarter and cruised the rest of the way. The Mingoes were only able to put up 10 points in the second quarter and went into the break down 49-15.
In the second half, the Mingoes finally found their groove but couldn’t overcome the huge deficit. The Mingoes put up 19 points in the third and held the Shockers to only seven points. They headed into the last quarter down 56-34.
The fourth quarter was too short for the Mingoes to keep the comeback going and the Shockers picked up a 76-65 win.
The Mingoes were out-rebounded by the Shockers, 65-45, and that played a big part in the loss. The Mingoes held the Shockers to only 19 second chance points while picking up 17 on their own.
“We have a very young team, so I think coming out tonight we missed a lot of shots and the guys had to really get into the game,” said Assistant Coach Lavar Johnson. “As you could see in the second half, they really started to come back to life and the defense was very strong there and we held them to only seven points. That’s the Mingoes ball we know we can play.”
The Mingoes, now with a 1-1 win/loss record on the season, next play the Discount Liquor Rockets. That game will be held at 8 p.m. on Saturday at the A.F. Adderley gym.