Giants clobber Shockers 91-79






Senior Sports Reporter


AFTER losing their season opener a week ago, the New Providence Basketball Association’s defending champions Commonwealth Bank Giants took their frustrations out on the Real Deal Shockers at CI Gibson Gym Saturday night.

In one of the two games played in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, the Giants clobbered the Shockers 91-79 to pull even at 1-1. It was the second straight loss for the Shockers.

Also on Saturday, the Pyramid Food Rockets routed the Bahamas Baptist College Lions 119-69 in the first game played between the two teams. With the victory, the Rockets stayed unbeaten at 1-0 and the loss dropped the Lions to 0-1.

Double headers on Wednesday and Friday were both postponed because of the threat of Hurricane Sandy.

Giants 91, Shockers 79

In a showdown between two former league champions, Commonwealth Bank came out on top as they took control of the game from start to finish.

The Giants, coached by Perry Thompson, led 20-17 at the end of the first quarter and they extended it to 51-37 at the half. By the completion of the third, the Giants extended their lead to 70-57. The Shockers, coached by James Price, made a gallant run in the fourth, but it was a bit too late.

Jackson Jacob, playing 38 minutes and 57 seconds, scored a game high 26 points, shooting 9-for-18 from the field and 8-for-11 from the foul line. He was also 0-for-3 from the three-point line as he led four other players from Commonwealth Bank in double figures.

Michael ‘Fernley’ Bain, playing 38:41 minutes, added 20 on 5-for-15 from the field and 10-for-18 from the free throw line. Gamaliel Rose had 15 points on 7-for-11 from the field and 1-for-3 from the foul line in 24:56 minutes, Denykco Bowles had 14 points on 5-for-17 from the field, 3-for-8 from the three-point line and 1-for-2 from the foul line in 27:58 minutes and Durchen Sands chipped in with 10 points on 4-for-10 from the field and 2-for-3 from the foul line in 25:11 minutes.

Devon Brennen paced the Shockers, leading three other players in double figures with 20 points on 8-for-15 from the field and 4-for-7 from the foul line in 23:58 minutes. Anthony Williams, playing 28:31 minutes, had 14 points on 7-for-11 from the field, while both Floyd Armbrister (playing 16:30 minutes) and Vance McPhee (in 15:28 minutes) both had 11 points.

Steven Charles, who only scored two points, was the top rebounder with 12 for Commonwealth Bank, who also got eight apiece from Bowles, Sands and Rose. Williams led the Real Deal with a game high 14 rebounds and Khari Thompson, who scored six points, had eight rebounds.

Rockets 119, Lions 69

Jamar Barr, playing 25:24 minutes, scored a side high 19 points to lead a balanced scoring attack on 7-for-15 from the field and 5-for-7 from the free throw line, Demetri Mackey, playing 19:17 minutes, had 16 points, Ryan Turnquest, in 17:01 minutes, had 15; both Tameko Moxey and Rashad McKenzie had 12 each, Kramer Taylor had 11 and both Taureen Forbes and David Kemp had nine each.

Pyramid Food opened the first quarter with a 24-10 lead that they extended to 59-26 at the half. Using a 37-20 spurt in the third quarter, the Rockets made this one look so easy as they widened the gap to 96-46 going into the fourth. However, the Lions matched the Rockets as they both scored 23 in the fourth to keep the 50-point massacre intact.

Just five of the six players in uniform scored for Bahamas Baptist College, who had three in double figures.

Leslie Ingraham, just shy of playing the entire game with 38:40 minutes on his ledger, shot 14-for-28 from the field and 1-for-12 from the foul line for a game high 29 points. Jornique Johnson, playing the entire 40 minutes, was 8-for-20 from the field, 1-for-4 from the three-point line and 3-for-6 from the foul line for 20 points. Antonio Hanna, in 38:16 minutes, added 13.

Dillan Grant, playing 35:13 minutes, had six points and the only other point came from Ethan McKenzie, who in 28:45 minutes, hit one of his four foul shots.

Bain led Pyramid Food with a game high 11 points, while Taureen Forbes had eight and Kramer Taylor seven. For Bahamas Baptist College, Ethan McKenzie pulled down a side high 10 boards, Leslie Ingraham and Jornique Johnson both had nine and Dillan Grant had seven.

The league has announced that its regular season games scheduled for tonight have been postponed and will now be played on Tuesday night. In the opener at 7:30pm, the College of the Bahamas Caribs will play the Royal Bahamas Police Force Crimestoppers. That will be followed by the feature contest at 9pm between the Woodside Petroleum Conquerors against the Double R Services Limited Cleaners.

The regular season is slated to resume on Wednesday with the Bahamas Baptist College Lions taking on the Real Deal Shockers in the 7:30pm opener. The feature game at 9pm will be between the Double R Services Limited Cleaners and the Y-Care Wreckers.


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