Once again, the Kentucky Thorougbreds found a way to win when it counted.
The hosts held on for a 111-104 win over the Rochester Razorsharks in Owensboro, Kentucky to sweep the two-game set against their guests thanks to Tyshawn Patterson (24 points), Corey Wilford (22 points) and Fred Sturdivant (18 points) in North American Premier Basketball (NAPB) action on Saturday night.
The Thoroughbreds (4-0) rallied from a 53-41 halftime deficit to pull within one heading into the fourth quarter and there, a 40-point outburst was enough to outlast a game, Razorsharks’ squad.
“Another hard fought game where we dug ourselves a hole in the first half and we’re able to find a way to win in the fourth quarter,” Kentucky head coach Brandon Lesovsky said. “The biggest difference for us in the second half was our defensive energy. We were able to create some opportunities for ourselves in transition and it allowed us to find some rhythm on offense because of it and then got some jump shots to go down.
“Our team character and cohesion has carried us the first couple of weeks and now we have 2 weeks before we play again to really focus on correcting some things and getting better.”
Rochester (0-5) was led by James Helton (22 points) and Nick Waddell (19 points).
“Kentucky shot the ball unbelievably well,” Rochester assistant coach Don Sellers said. “Corey and Tyshawn are a great combination…What good basketball atmosphere. (The NAPB has) given some hungry young men an opportunity to express themselves in a wonderful arena of basketball. We will get better.”
Vancouver 122, Nevada 105
The visiting Knights wrapped a 2-game sweep in Henderson, Nevada, with a 122-105 win over the host Desert Dogs (0-2) on Saturday night.
Vancouver (3-1) has now won three straight after an opening loss in Yakima.
“We were out played in every aspect of the game tonight,” Nevada head coach Paul Mokeski said. “Give Vancouver credit they came to Nevada and took two games. We will have to re group and get ready for Yakima next week.”
Statistics were not yet available.
Albany (2-1) at Ohio (2-0)
The game betweeen the visiting Patroons and host Cardinals was cancelled due to inclement weather.
The remake date has been set for March 30.
-Alan Dale, NAPB Media Relations