ALBANY PATROONS TAKE GAME 2 OF THREE-GAME SERIES 114-111 IN OVERTIME OVER YAKIMA
Deciding Game 3 for the TBL championship Friday night at the Washington Avenue Armory
(YAKIMA, Wash.) – With late-game heroics from Albany rookie Shadell Millinghaus, who scored 24 points, pulled down 15 rebounds and distributed eight assists in 53 minutes of play, the Patroons took Game 2 of the best-of-three TBL championship series 114-111 in overtime over the Yakima Sun Kings. The victory means that Albany and Yakima will now play a one-game, winner-takes-all final on Friday night at the Washington Avenue Armory.
As in Game 1, the Patroons leaped out to a first-quarter lead in Game 2, ending the first quarter 30-20, sparked with early scoring runs by Anthony Moe (8 pts, 8 rebs), Shadell Millinghaus (7 pts) and Joshua Cameron (8 rebs).
By halftime, the Patroons continued to maintain a lead, 60-51, with Anthony Moe assembling a double-double of 16 points and 11 rebounds, while Joshua Cameron (17) and Shadell Millinghaus (13) still kept in double figures for Albany.
But as in Game 1, the Sun Kings took advantage of hot scoring in the third quarter to surpass Albany 29-20 – at one point in the third quarter, Yakima had a three-point lead. But with 12 minutes to go in the contest, Albany and Yakima were matched at 80-80.
With 20 seconds remaining in the game and Albany down by two points, Shadell Millinghaus picked up an offensive rebound off a missed Joshua Cameron 3-pointer, laid in a jump shot and tied the game at 100-100.
In the overtime period, Millinghaus was able to snag an offensive rebound from a missed Jordan Robertson free throw – Millinghaus was immediately fouled, and the rookie drained two free throws to put Albany up by 3 with 34 seconds remaining.
In addition to Millinghaus’ heroics, he Patroons were also spurred by a 23-point, 19 rebound night from Anthony Moe; a 23-point night – including four 3-pointers – from Joshua Cameron, and 17 points from Jordan Robertson.
The Sun Kings were led in scoring with Robert Duncan’s 28 points, along with 20 points from Darius Graham and 19 from Renaldo Major.
This is the first postseason victory by the Albany Patroons over Yakima in a 30-year-long rivalry between the two franchises. Yakima previously swept Albany in the 2018 North American Premier Basketball League finals 2-0, and in the 2007 Continental Basketball Association finals 3-0. Yakima also defeated Albany in a postseason round-robin tournament in 2006.