Marines blow away Rangers


Sports Reporter


THE Bahamas Government Departmental Basketball Association moved into the second week of its 2013 season with a pair of expected contenders moving to 2-0 at the DW Davis Gymnasium on Wednesday night.

The Defence Force Marines blew away the Real Deal Rangers 96-67, while in a much tighter contest, the Airport Authority got by the Police Royals 88-85.

In the 29-point rout, four Marines reached double figures, led by 21 points from Otis Ferguson Jr, while another four scored at least eight.

Ferguson also finished with five rebounds, four steals and two assists.

Jamal Scavella added 15 points and three assists, Durchen Sands posted a double double with 13 points and 12 rebounds, and Delvonn Duncombe finished with 11.

Blair Allen and Kenrio Ingraham finished with nine points apiece, Patrick Rhodriquez added eight and Michael Ferguson stuffed the stat sheet with eight points, five rebounds, five steals and four assists.

Salathial Anderson led the Rangers with 21 points and eight rebounds, Tony Sands scored 18 and Antonio Ferguson added 10 points and eight rebounds.

In a dominant performance, the Marines outscored the Rangers on points off turnovers (32-6), points in the paint (24-10), second chance points (21-6) and bench points (37-12).

They won the rebounding edge by 14, forced 31 turnovers and held the Rangers to just 37 per cent shooting from the field.

An 18-0 second half run put the game away for good, and the Marines led by as much as 31 in the fourth quarter.

A slight edge at the free throw line and beyond the three point arch helped the Airport Authority keep the Royals winless on the young season.

Neither team shot well from the three-point-line, but the AA connected on four while the Royals made just two and shot 26-46 from the line while the Royals went 21-36.

Devon Brennen paced five Airport Authority players with 20 points and seven assists. Vance McPhee and Cecile Mackey each scored 12, while Jerio Coakley and Clint Brown each finished with 10.

Dion McPhee led the Royals with a game high 28 points, 14 rebounds, six assists and five steals. Silas Cooper added 12, while Kentwood Carey chipped in with 11 points and seven rebounds.

The Royals led nearly wire to wire before the AA took control late in a game that featured five ties and three lead changes.

The Police led the rebounding battle by 12, held an eight point advantage in points in the paint and 10 point advantage in second chance points.

League play is slated to continue at the DW Davis Gym tonight with the NIB Kings taking on the Sharks and the Tronicquest Cybots against the BEC Shockers.


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