IN a battle of two of the top teams, the Commonwealth Bank Giants stayed unbeaten in the New Providence Basketball Association’s 2017/18 season by holding off a stubborn JD’s Seafood Shockers in a hard-fought 85-81 victory at the AF Adderley Gymnasium.
On Monday night, the two men’s division one teams played the feature game after they watched as the Breezes High Flyers flew past the Caro Contractors Resistance 88-72 in the division II opener.
• Here’s a summary of
the two games:
Playing 36 minutes and 31 seconds, Michael Bain Jr went on an offensive tear as he led three Commonwealth Bank players in double figures in the win. Connecting on 12-for-17 shots from the field and 5-for-9 from the free throw line, Bain finished with a game high 29 points, six rebounds, six steals and four assists to go along with a block shot.
D’Shon Taylor had 12 points, four rebounds and two assists, while Jeffrey Henfield came off the bench and added 12 points, five rebounds, three assists and two steals. Tehran Cox had eight points and five rebounds.
For the Caro Contractors, who only lost their second game of the season, William Rigby scored 25 points, shooting 8-for-16 from the field, 3-for-6 from the three-point line and 6-for-9 from the charity stripe in 34:04 minutes as he also pulled down 14 rebounds and had seven steals. Shakwon Lewis came off the bench with 11 points and give assists. Domonique Dean had nine points and five rebounds, Jamaris King also came off the bench with eight points and four rebounds, Henderson Curry had nine points and Lamont Armaly chipped in with seven points and six assists also off the bench.
Commonwealth Bank trailed 20-18 at the end of the first quarter, but had a 39-35 margin into the half. They led 62-58 after three periods and outscored JD’s Seafood 23-21 in the fourth to preserve the win.
High Flyers 88,
Jeremy Neely, in 30:11 minutes, scored 21 points on 8-for-16 from the field, 3-for-7 from the three-point line and 2-for-4 from the foul line, in leading Breezes to victory. He also had six assists, two steals and two rebounds.
Dale Davis added 17 points and 13 rebounds, Devontee Gibson came off the bench with 16 points and five rebounds and Brandon Stubbs had nine points and three rebounds and three assists, while both Enrico Bethel (seven rebounds) and Antoine Levarity added eight points.
In a losing effort for Caro Contractors, Quemah Gibson had a game high 25 points, 16 rebounds, two assists and two steals. Matthew Davis had 12 points and Kamal Murphy 11.
The High Flyers led 20-15 at the end of the first quarter, 41-40 at the half and 63-58 after three quarters as they held on for the win.
The NPBA will continue its action this weekend, but they will be playing at the Kendal Issacs Gymnasium because of the University of the Bahamas Mingoes’ home games.
7pm - Rockets vs Triple K Stampers
8:30pm - PJ Stingers vs UB Mingoes
7pm - Mingoes vs Vitamalt Chargers
8:30pm - Rhythm Rebels vs Rockets