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Npba: Stingers Close Out Year With Two Straight Wins

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The NPBA now takes a break for the Christmas holiday, resuming play on January 7. Photo: Shawn Hanna/The Tribune

THE PJ Stingers closed out the year by winning two consecutive games on the final weekend of regular season play for 2016 in the New Providence Basketball Association.

On Saturday night. the Stingers nipped the Island Game Pros 82-80 after holding off the Shockers 108-103 Friday night in their division one match-ups.

In other games, the Triple K Stampers won by default over the Future Ballers and the Breezes High Flyers flew past the Hype Basketball in a division II double header. On Friday, the Rockets blasted the Pros 100-86 in another division one encounter.

• Here’s a summary of the games played:

Stingers 82, Pros 80: With 45 seconds left in the game, Domnick Bridgewater canned a jumper to put PJ’s up 82-77 and they held off Island Game for the win.

Bridgewater finished with 16 points, three assists and two rebounds, but Vernon Stubbs led the attack with 17 points, eight rebounds and three assists.

Devon Ferguson added 13 points with three rebounds and two assists, Randy Williams came off the bench and contributed 10 points and five rebounds and Ishmael Curtis had seven points and 11 rebounds.

Patrick Leadon had a game high 19 points and seven rebounds to pace the Pros. Both Derrick Ferguson and Judino Wilson had 16 points and two rebounds. Ferguson also dished out four assists.

Stingers 108, Shockers 103: In a battle of the two halves, PJ rebounded after trailing 20-15 at the end of the first quarter and 42-30 at the half to out-score the Shockers 35-30 in the third and 18-13 in the fourth to come-from-behind for the big win.

Randy Williams came off the bench and netted 25 points with four rebounds, Batchelette LaFleur had 13 points and six rebounds, Devon Ferguson had 12 points and 11 rebounds, Vernon Stubbs had 10 points and seven rebounds and Domnick Bridgewater helped out with 10 points, six assists and five rebounds.

William Rigby had a game high 26 points with 13 rebounds and four assists to pace the Shockers. Salathiel Dean had 25 points, nine rebounds and five assists, Lamont Armaly had 12 points and three assists and Shakeil Adderley chipped in with 10 points, five rebounds and three assists.

High Flyers 62, Hype Basketball 42: Jeremy Neely scored 20 points with seven rebounds and five assists to lead Breezes to their division II victory as they opened an 11-5 lead at the end of the first quarter and held on for a 25-17 margin at the half.

Travis Stuart had 14 points and six rebounds and DeVontee Gibson helped out with 10 points and six rebounds.

In a losing effort, Alexander Bullard scored 11 points with four rebounds and Adrian Thompson came up with eight points and eight rebounds.

Rockets 100, Pirates 86: After opening a 31-23 spurt in the first quarter, the Rockets extended their lead to 57-42 at the half and they never looked back the rest of the way.

Scottie Farrington pumped in a game high 26 points with eight rebounds and three assists to lead the Rockets. Corey Williams came off the bench with 12 points and four rebounds and Henderson Curry joined in contributing 12 points with three rebounds and two assists. Dancel Knowles added eight points with three rebounds.

For the Pirates, Tevin Hudson had 22 points and eight rebounds, Kronoff Dean also had 22 points with five rebounds, Domonique Fernander had 11 points, 14 rebounds and six assists and Kevin Wright Jr added 10 points.

The NPBA will now take a break for the Christmas holiday, resuming play on January 7.

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