KISSIMMEE, Florida — Robert Joseph, Romero Cornish and Kemsy Sylvestre combined for 40 points and the University of The Bahamas (UB) Mingoes went on a 12-2 scoring run to end the game to pull off a 73-64 win over the Trinity Baptist Eagles on Saturday night at the Johnson University Holiday Classic in Kissimmee, Florida, USA.
Joseph, on the strength of three three-pointers, scored a game-high 18 points. Cornish and Sylvester added 16 points apiece.
For the weekend, the Mingoes had mixed results, losing to host school Johnson University on Friday, 89-76, and then defeating Trinity Baptist on Saturday.
“We did what we had to do against Trinity Baptist,” Joseph said. “We knew if we stayed close to them through the game we could let our defense do the work in the last half of the game.”
The Mingoes now have a 1-4 win-loss record in international play this season and are 6-1 in the New Providence Basketball Association (NPBA).
Mingoes 73, Trinity Baptist 64
The UB Mingoes trailed the Trinity Baptist Eagles by as much as 14 points on Saturday night. However, they ended the game on a 12-2 scoring run lead by Ujamma Johnson, who completed a four-point play, and Romero Cornish, who had two steals that led to five fast-break points.
“We just listened to coach and stayed focused in the last three minutes of the game and let our defense work for us,” Cornish said. “It feels good to pick up a win.”
Robert Joseph led all scorers with 18 points. Cornish and Kemsy Sylvester added 16 points apiece. Cornish had five steals in the game as well.
Head Coach Bacchus Rolle said he was happy the team picked up a win after losing so many close games.
“We lost so many games because we were not able to finish strong in the end,” he said. “So, now we have a reference point for later on in the season – to close out games and close them out defensively strong.”
The victory was the Mingoes’ first in five international games this season.
Johnson University 89, Mingoes 76
The Mingoes led the Johnson University Suns for most of the first half, but the Suns took a 41-39 halftime lead off a three-pointer by Javan McBurrows in the waning seconds of the half.
The Mingoes struggled on the glass throughout, particularly in securing offensive rebounds. This was especially the case in the second half. They were out-rebounded 38-20 and could only muster four offensive rebounds in the game.
“Not having Rashad Sturrup in the game to be that force in the paint especially on the offensive boards hampered us,” Head Coach Bacchus Rolle said. “We either missed or we hit and didn’t get any second-chance opportunities.”
With Kemsy Sylvestre putting up an impressive 25 points to go along with Romero Cornish’s 15 and Robert Joseph’s 12, a few more second-chance opportunities could have helped the Mingoes to be a bit more competitive. The Suns pulled down 27 defensive rebounds in the game.
The Mingoes don’t play again until Friday January 3, 2020, at 9 p.m. against Abaco Strong in NPBA action at the A.F. Adderley Gym. The Mingoes come right back on Saturday January 4, to take on Breezes, also at 9 p.m. at the A.F. Adderley gym.
Jump Line – The Mingoes won’t play again until Friday January 3, 2020