THE Triple K Stampers and University of the Bahamas Mingoes advanced to the semi-final of the New Providence Basketball Association playoffs.
On Monday night at the AF Adderley Gymnasium, the Stampers stomped past the Sun Oil Rockets 117-113 in overtime in the third and deciding game of their first round playoffs.
With the win, Triple K won the series 2-1 and will go on to face the pennant winning Your Essential Store Giants in game one of their semi-finals at 7:30pm on Friday.
And in the feature contest, the University of the Bahamas advanced to the division semi-finals with a 92-82 decision over the JD’s Seafood Shockers.
While the Shockers got eliminated, losing the series 2-1, the Mingoes will advance to the semi-final when they will face the defending champions Commonwealth Bank Giants at 8:30pm on Friday.
Kemsy Sylvester picked the University of the Bahamas and carried them on his back with a game high 29 points with five rebounds, four block shots, three assists and two steals.
Rashad Sturrup had 15 points, eight rebounds and five assists, Justin Smith came off the bench and contributed 15 points as well with seven rebounds, Antwan Bevans added 13 points, seven rebounds, two assists and as many steals and Ramon Dames helped out with seven points, seven assists, six rebounds and two steals.
The University of the Bahamas controlled the first half, opening a 28-15 lead at the end of the first quarter and extended it to 53-34 at the mid-point.
As they came out of the locker room, the Shockers responded in a 23-17 spurt to cut the deficit to 70-57 at the final break. In the fourth, they outscored the Mingoes 25-22, but it wasn’t enough to get them over the hump.
Adam Johnson came off the bench and pumped in 23 points with 10 rebounds and two steals to pace the Shockers. Franko Bethel also got off the bench with 12 points and eight rebounds.
Lenny Oscar (four rebounds, three assists and three steals) and Bernard Bonamy (seven rebounds and two assists) led all scorers with nine points. William Rigby had eight points and eight rebounds and Cameron Adderley also came off the bench with eight points and four rebounds.
Stampers 117, Rockets 113: Johnley Noel canned a jumper with 54 seconds left to put Triple K up two, 112-110. He then converted four free throws in the final 20 seconds to seal the deal.
The Stampers stayed alive and got the extra five minutes, thanks to Wilben Seraphin’s lay-up with just seven seconds as the game closed out in regulation.
Noel finished with a game high 38 points and 19 rebounds. Seraphin had 10 points, three assists, two rebounds, two steals and two blocks.
Michael Turnquest chipped in with 25 points, seven rebounds, four assists and three steals, Troy Tremley had 15 points, 23 rebounds, three blocks and two steals and both Teashon Gibson (four rebounds) and Marques Cooper (two rebounds and two blocks) both came off the bench with nine points.
Triple K led 27-19 at the end of the first quarter, but Sun Oil pulled even at 44-44 at the half.
The Rockets went ahead 69-64 at the end of the third, but the Stampers stormed back in a 35-30 spurt in the fourth to level the score at the end of regulation.
In overtime, Triple K outscored Sun Oil 18-14 to secure the win.
Bertrum Minns came off the bench with 20 points, six rebounds and three steals and Craig Gibson had 18 points, six rebounds and five steals to pace the Rockets.
Latrel Hinsey also got off the bench with 17 points, Crispin Gibson had 13 points, Cameron Chery added 11 points, seven rebounds and four assists and Joseph Adderley came off the bench with 10 points, five rebounds, three assists and two blocks.
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