Cleaners, Extractors, Destroyers, Drillers one win away from championship status

GAME ONE IN THE BAG — Jonathan Hepburn, left with ball, surveys the court on the fast break during game one of the Under 13 championship of the West Grand Bahama Community Summer Basketball League championships. Hepburn led the GB Dental Cleaners with 17 points in the game one win over the Candy’s Wolverines at the Fritz Forbes Community Park in Pinedale, Eight Mile Rock. (PHOTOS: SHAYNE STUBBS)

That special moment for teams in the West Grand Bahama Community Summer Basketball League has finally arrived.

The competition is exciting!

Four championships series - Under 13, Under 15, Under 17 and Open - all tipped off this past Tuesday at the Fritz Forbes Park in Pinedale, Eight Mile Rock.

Game one of the Under 13 best of three series between the GB Dental Cleaners and the Candy’s Wolverines set the tone for what was a competitive evening. However, despite a shaky start for both teams the Cleaners eventually took the 1-0 series lead with a 25-21 win over the Wolverines.

Jonathan Hepburn was a one-man wrecking crew for the Cleaners who poured in 17 points.

The Cleaners built an 8-4 lead before the Wolverines rebounded and tied the game, 8-8, with under three minutes to go in the first half.

The Wolverines eventually took a 10-8 lead with 1:00 to spare in the first half. However, the Cleaners went on a 6-0 run to take a 14-10 lead headed into halftime.

Despite the best efforts of the Wolverines, the Cleaners managed to hold on to a 19-15 lead with 4:28 left to play in the second half. The Cleaners pushed their lead up, 21-15 before the Wolverines responded with a good look inside and made it a 21-17 lead.
The defensive end continued to be a burden for the Wolverines as with 2:18 remaining in the half, the Cleaners increased their lead 23-17 with a pair of free throws.

With 30 seconds left to tick in the second half, a strong effort to climb back in the contest was cut short for the Wolverines. The Cleaners proceeded to keep the Wolverines at bay, to hold on until the final buzzer sounded.

The G.B Power Chargers put on a strong showing in the opening half of their Under 15 game-one contest against the Busy Bubble Extractors. Nonetheless, the Extractors turned play around in the second half to snag game one, 31-26. Vincent Mackey led the charge for the Extractors with 12 points.

The Chargers owned a 5-2 lead before the Extractors made it a one-point 5-4 game. The Chargers began making good use of their size advantage on the inside and inched out to a 7-4 lead midway through the first half.

The Extractors made sure they remained in striking distance but the Chargers owned the 9-8 lead with 1:57 to go in the half. Both teams then traded baskets, which led to the Chargers holding to a 13-12 halftime edge.

The fast pace continued and the Chargers continued to cling to a slim 20-19 lead. But in the blink of an eye the Extractors went on a run to take a 26-20 lead with 5:15 left in regulation.

After the Chargers converted on a lay-up with 2:50 left in the contest the Extractors knocked down a three to take a 29-22 lead.
The speedy nature of the contest evidently caught up to the Chargers who went ice -cold compared to their play in the first half, which left the Extractors on the verge of closing the series out.

The Under 17 championship series then got underway between the Zorba’s Destroyers and the Express Stackers. In the end the Destroyers out-worked the Stackers on their way to a 35-27 victory to take game one. Jake Rigby turned in 11 points in the win.
A fast-paced first half made for some entertaining moments but the Stackers owned the 15-14 halftime lead.

With intentions on swinging the momentum in their favor the Destroyers came out the aggressors early on in the second half and built a 23-18 lead.

With three minutes left in regulation the Destroyers owned a 25-18 lead and later made it a 27-18 lead. The Stackers stopped the bleeding momentarily by responding with a three-point play to make it a 27-21 lead with two minutes to spare.

However, with a minute remaining in regulation the Destroyers kept their foot on the gas pedal en route to the victory.

In game one of the Open Division the Russell Drillers took a 1-0 series lead after they defeated P&F Car Rental, 35-28. Shyrone Kemp led the Drillers’ scorers with 11 points.

Game two of those series will take place tonight at 7:00 p.m at the Fritz Forbes Park.

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