Pelican Bay, BTC Ringers victorious in GBBA action

LEADING THE CHARGE – Action continued this past Friday at the St. George’s Gymnasium in the Grand Bahama Basketball Association. The BTC Ringers (black) defeated the Street Ballers (white) 58-55. Leon Cooper led the charge for the Ringers with 20 points on the night. (PHOTOS: SHAYNE STUBBS)

There’s nothing like getting back on the hardwood after a long break!

It was tip-off time once again in the Grand Bahama Basketball Association this past Friday and the enthusiasm was evident as both games provided some closely contested games in the A and B Divisions at the St. George’s Gymnasium.

B-Division play got the evening started. The first contest featured Pelican Bay taking on West Grand Bahama. It was a back and forth affair of several lead changes down the stretch. But in the end, a late charge led by Pelican Bay’s Mateo King lifted the squad to a 63-60 win.

King was the high-point man for Pelican Bay and the game. He erupted for a game-high 24 points. Joel Davis led West G.B with 16 points in the narrow loss.

West G.B held the early advantage in the first quarter and worked to a 15-9 lead to end opening quarter. While Pelican Bay found its rhythm in the second quarter, but still trailed, 30-28 at halftime.

It was anyone’s game as both teams headed into the fourth quarter tied at 43 apiece. The contest began to slip away from West G.B, though, as Pelican behind King made the late run.

Then, it was the A-Division on court as the BTC Ringers took on the Street Ballers. In a thriller the Ringers eventually found themselves on the winning side by a final score of 58-55. Leon Cooper led the Ringers with 20 points. Ahmad Pratt backed Cooper up with 13 points.

A game-high 21 points from Travis Wildgoose wasn’t enough for the Street Ballers in the end. He got help from Davon Clarke who tallied 10 points in the loss.

It was a stalemate throughout the entire contest but a late three in the fourth quarter from the Ringers was enough for them to eventually hold on to win.

GBBA action continues this coming Friday at the St. George’s Gym. Pelican Bay will take on the Coca-Cola Reach Out Saints at 7:00 p.m, followed by the BTC Ringers taking on the Aliv Gym Rats at 7:30 p.m.

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