In what might have been the game of the year so far in this young North American Premier Basketball (NAPB) season, the Ohio Cardinals decided they wanted what the Albany Patroons had and went out and nabbed in Monday night.
Albany entered the contest between the two teams as Ohio aimed for that same mark to start the 2018 season and in a game that featured 11 double-figure scorers, the Cardinals found a way to get it done.
Ohio (2-0) held on for a 103-102 road win in Albany to complete a successful two-game set in the state of New York this weekend while knocking the Patroons (2-1) from the ranks of the unbeaten.
The contest saw neither team really gain any major edge, with Albany leading 27-25 after the first quarter, seeing the game knotted up at 45-all at the break and Ohio take a 73-72 edge into the final 10 minutes of play.
Ohio was led by DeAndre Hall (18 points), Richie Gordon III (17 points), Troy Taylor (16 points), DJ Blanks (13 points) and 11 points apiece by Jesse Hardin Jr. and Justin Manns.
The host Patrons got a game-high 24 points from Torren Jones, 18 points from Smush Parker and 16 points from Deandre Thomas while Lloyd Johnson (13 points) and Maurice Taylor (11 points) chipped in for the hosts.
“This game tonight is what the NAPB schedule is supposed to be: Tough, aggressive play from both teams,” Albany head coach Derrick Rowland said. “We will see them again on Saturday night in Ohio, and we hope that their fans will be as entertained as ours were tonight.”
Next up in NAPB action, the Nevada Desert Dogs will begin their campaign Friday against the Vancouver Knights (1-1), while the Kentucky Thoroughbreds (2-0) open their home slate with a contest against the Rochester Razorsharks (0-3).
–Alan Dale, NAPB Media Relations