Devonshire Chargers continued their unbeaten start to the Bermuda Basketball Summer League with a 56-51 win over Paget Flyboys and a 61-53 victory against Southampton Thundercats.
Calvert Lee scored 19 points in the Chargers’ nail-biting win over Flyboys, for whom Dion Easton scored 15 points.
“It was a nice battle, but we stuck it out, came back and got the victory,” Chargers captain Kevin Stephens said. “We were down, we just had to stay focused. Basketball is four quarters not two halves, so we were down the first two quarters and we just had to play defence, come back and keep fighting and that’s what we did.”
In the second quarter, Flyboys outscored the Chargers by double the points, but the Chargers quickly reciprocated in the third quarter.
“We played a great team tonight that’s well put together,” Stephens added. “We came up on the better end of it.”
Adam Correia, the Flyboys captain, said his team felt confident coming into the game and was determined to win. He says the loss tonight was not from lack of effort, but bad shooting.
“We didn’t shoot well today and us not shooting well kind of ruined our chances down the stretch and then a couple of costly calls down the end,” he said. “Next time we play them we won’t let them get that second half run. That second half run really killed us.”
“Basketball is a game of runs. It’s whoever gets the best runs lasts, that’s who wins.”
Chargers dominated in their win over Thundercats, the league’s youngest team.
Devonshire started the game short-handed, and Te’Jour Riley, of the Chargers, said: “We had guys show up 30 seconds before the game started. A lot of things weren’t in our favour, but you know you got to want it in the inside if you’re going to win for real.”
Kobie Reid, of Thundercats, said that he felt confident coming into the game.
“I wanted to defeat the undefeated team, but we came up short in the first half,” said Reid.
Thundercats pressed the Chargers offence strong for the first half, but could not get the ball to sink.
Thundercats captain Chris Crumpler was injured with five minutes left while his team were trailing by ten.
Jason Lowe had 21 points, 11 rebounds, an assist, a steal and a block.
“Honestly, those kids [Thundercats] may be young but they’re basketball players,” Riley said. “As far as I’m concerned I look at them as competition. They may be young but that’s Bermuda’s future right there and I feel that it’s a bright future.”
Riley had 26 points, 12 rebounds, six assists, five steals and one block.
“We have a great team. We got guys on the team that know their job, do their job,” he said. “They make me look good.”
Hamilton City Twisters secured a 69-51 win on Monday night at the Bermuda College against the Hamilton Parish Rockets, but Twisters coach Hazif Dill believes his players should have performed better.
“The tempo was in our favour coming off a W,” Dill said. “I’m a little upset with our performance.
“I think we should have won by 40.”
Omari Dill-Pettiford, of the Twisters, did not have much room to shoot as Swayne Pulley-Raynor stuck man to man on the Twisters’ star man. Dill-Pettiford dropped 24 points — almost half the amount he scored in his previous game.
From the start, the Rockets played a strong defensive game by trying to cut off any chance for Dill-Pettiford to shoot.
“We felt good about coming into this game, but we did not take care of the ball tonight at all,” said Rockets co-captain George Peet
Fellow co-captain John Lee had 15 points, 11 rebounds, 11 assists and seven steals, but it his triple-double not enough to defeat the Twisters.
Peets believes that they lost the game because of, what he estimated was 40 turnovers.
“About half their points was off our turnovers.” Peets said. “If you turn the ball over you’re going to lose and that’s what happened to us.”
Twisters would go on to beat Warwick Rimrockers, 60-51.
Warwick captain Jorel Smith was disappointed by yet another loss for his team.
“It’s hard because the only win we have so far is against the kids [Thundercats] so like we feel like we haven’t really won a game yet so it’s hard to keep losing like this,” he said.
Sabre Burrows, of Twisters, felt his team should have performed better.
“We would have liked to push up the scoring a little more, this was probably our lowest scoring game of the season so far, so we need to pick up on offence a little more and keep rotation floating a little better,” he said. “I feel pretty confident. We only have one loss to the undefeated team right now, but we know we can beat them.”