Commonwealth Bank Giants stay alive


Senior Sports Reporter


Jeffery Henfield said the Commonwealth Bank Giants were not yet ready to end their postseason in the New Providence Basketball Association.

Facing elimination for the second consecutive game, the Giants managed to pull off a hard-fought 93-84 victory over the defending champions Mail Boat Cybots at the AF Adderley Gymnasium last night.

The Giants now trail the best-of-seven championship series at 3-2 heading into game six on Wednesday night.

Henfield did his part, scoring 17 points, including hitting four straight free throws in the final 20 seconds to enable Commonwealth Bank to keep their season alive.

“We played much harder than we did at the beginning of the series,” said Henfield after the victory.

“In the last two games, we have been matching the Cybots’ intensity and we got two good victories, hopefully we can get two more.”

The Giants’ big two scoring weapons, Jeremy Hutchinson and Gamaliel Rose, were big once again in the paint. Hutchinson pumped in 30 points with 11 rebounds and four assists, while Rose had 16 points, 15

rebounds, three steals, two block shots and an assist. Mark Hanna contributed 17 points.

For the Mail Boast, Eugene Bain had a game high 31 points with 12 rebounds, two blocks and two steals. Jermaine Storr had 25 points and Mitchel Bain 11 points and five steals in a losing effort.

Cybots’ head coach Wayde Watson was so irate about the officiating of the game that he declined to say anything because he felt he wouldn’t have said anything positive.

But his assistant coach Tyrone Sands said there’s no need to press the panic button because they still have the advantage in the series.

“We should have gotten some calls that we didn’t, so we’re not going to cry about it,” he said. “We lost game five, but we’re still the team to beat. We just have to take it one possession at a time and we will be able to pull if off.”

For game six, Henfield said they just simply have to stick with their game plan, which worked in their last two games and that is play defence.

He said if they can do that, they can definitely come out with the victory.


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