Talk about an exciting start to the season.

It took a big shot to win the first game in the North American Premier Basketball (NAPB) history for the Ohio Cardinals.

Bernard Parks would hit what would be the game winner in the Cardinals’ (1-0), 97-93 win at Rochester and hand the Razorsharks’ their third loss of the season (0-3).

The Cardinals’ Rashard McGill added 16 points and Melvin Council scored 12 points for the winning Razorsharks while Ohio (1-0) got a 29-point performance from Bernard Parks, 21 points from Richie Gordon and 14 points from Jesse Hardin Jr.

For the Cardinals, it was a learning experience in the team’s first outing of the season and one in which they camed up big in grand fashion.

“Tonight we found out what our guys can do with our backs are against the wall,” Cardinals’ head coach Michael Porrini said. “We stayed together and played team ball. When down we fought back and thought more about self and thought about team. Bernard stepped up Big with the game winning shot. We called his number and he answered.
“We turned the ball over more than I liked but there was a lot of positive from tonight’s game. I’m proud of my guys now we have to focus on Albany as we travel and play tomorrow night for our second of two on the road. “

The Razorsharks were led by Nick Waddell’s 18 points and 17 points by Matt Hart and 16 points from Rashard McGill.

“We played better tonight in spurts, which is something positive we can take out of the game, but we had some careless turnovers and poor execution in the fourth quarter that put us in a tough spot at the end of the game,” Rochester head coach Chris Iversen said.

Rochester trailed at the half, but rallied to take a 75-71 lead going into the fourth quarter, before the Cardinals rallied and escaped the Razorsharks’ digs on Parks’ heroics.

Ohio heads to Albany (2-0) for a Monday evening contest while Rochester will resume action on Friday when they travel to play Kentucky (2-0).

-Alan Dale, NAPB Media Relations