NASSAU, Bahamas – In a game of 17 lead changes and 12 ties, it came down the last minute and the last shot.
The Eight Mile Rock Blue Jays applied deference on the defending Hugh Campbell champions when it matter to hold on to win the first semifinal 74-71.
Behind the shooting of Romaine Gibson, the Blue Jays needed a stop with 2.1 seconds to go to hold on for the win. Gibson scored 24 points and pulled down 6 rebounds for the Blue Jays. Ervin Lewis had 21 points, 9 rebounds and 4 steals as well.
The Pacers had three players in double digits: Jahman Brown (19 pts, 13 rebounds, 5 steals), Kenrico Lockhart (15pts) and Tamecko Coakley (12 pts).
At the half, the Pacers had built an 8 point lead behind the shooting of Eric Pyfrom (5 pts) capped by a three-pointer by Tamecko Coakley.
After the third quarter the game was tied at 52-52.
The Blue Jays needed an 8-1 run to take the lead with a 1:45 to go in the game and then held on to win the game.