What a game.
In only the North American Premier Basketball (NAPB) league’s second-ever contest, the Kentucky Thoroughbreds and the host Kansas City Tornados engaged in a high-scoring, back-and-forth struggle to kickstart a two-game set in Missouri on Wednesday night.
In the end, the visitors had just enough to hold on for a 114-110 victory over the Tornados at Municipal Arena as Tyshawn Patterson (26 points, seven rebounds) and Fred Sturdivant (22 points) led the way for the victors.
De Angelo Stewart and Demarcus Robinson both added 16 points for Kentucky (1-0) with the former chipping in with eight rebounds.
Kansas City (0-1) was led by Taveres Sledge (23 points, 11 rebounds), Kevin Young (22 points, 12 rebounds), Charlton Young (17 points, six rebounds) and the 13-rebound effort of Jordan Stotts.
“It was a good basketball game to start the season,” Kentucky head coach Brandon Lesovsky said. “It was back-and-forth with both teams making plays and playing hard. There were lots of times during the game where it was ragged and looked like the first game, but from an entertainment perspective the fans here got quite a great and I’m sure they will tomorrow as well.”
The Tornados committed 26 turnovers, shot 41.1 percent for the game – only 17 percent from beyond the arc – and were a fantastic 86 percent from the free throw line.
They also outrebounded Kentucky 69-51, but it wasn’t enough as they were outscored 30-10 from 3-point range.
“We got outplayed,” Kansas City head coach Calvin Thompson said. “They were tougher than we were and they were in better shape and it showed down the stretch. We rebounded the ball well, but we didn’t get enough offensive rebounds.
“We did some good things. We executed when we were fresh, but once the fatigue set in…after timeouts we ran set plays we executed well, we just didn’t play very well on defensive transition.”
Alan Dale, NAPB Media Relations