Late rally keeps Thoroughbreds unblemished
The Kentucky Thoroughbreds made it a 3-0 start this North American Premier Basketball (NAPB) league season after a dramatic rally on Friday night.
Trailing by 10 going into the final quarter, Kentucky rallied late and held on for a 99-96 win in the team’s first-ever home game in Owensboro.
The two teams will match wits again Saturday night in Owensboro with tip-off set for 7 p.m.
Kentucky was by Tyshawn Patterson with 21 points, to lead six players in double figures.
AJ Stewart and Chris Lightner both scored 12 points in their debuts for the Thoroughbreds.
“It was a hard fought game that we had to pull out late again, similar to our first two,” Kentucky head coach Brandon Lesovsky said. “Our bench kept us in it before
our starters finally made plays in the fourth quarter. I felt like our depth was able to finally wear them down late where we could get some stops as they were really picking us apart for three-and-a-half quarters with good execution. Should be another exciting one tomorrow night.”
Jerice Crouch led Rochester with 20 points.
“We are just not good enough at this point,” Rochester assistant coach Don Seller said. “We played with a lead and did not respond when they punched us. They won the ever-crucial hustle game. The last three offensive rebounds were indicative of the game. It is embarrassing to.watch proven players make soft plays.”
Vancouver 119, Nevada 115
The Vancouver Knights (2-1) spoiled opening night for the Nevada Desert Dogs, winning 119-115 in the desert of Henderson, Nevada Friday night.
The two teams will play again on Saturday night at 6:30 p.m.
“We were a little shaky it being our first game,” Nevada (0-1) head coach Paul Mokeski said. “We battled back but just didn’t get it done tonight. We will come back strong tomorrow and try and get our first win.”
-Alan Dale, NAPB Media Relations