Patroons player hanging off rim of basket

#1 Victor Nickerson

Six Patroons scored in double figures in Coach Brown’s professional debut

ALBANY, NY - March 4th, 2022 –The Albany Patroons returned to the court after two years for a well-attended season opener at the Washington Avenue Armory in front of a crowd of 1,648. The Albany Patroons dominated the Massachusetts Monarchs with a 134-99 victory.

Coach Will Brown and #2 AJ Mosby

Ja’Quan Newton, a 6’3 combo guard from Miami (FL), scored the Patroons’ first three points of the season.   Jared Sam, a 6’10 power forward who has played in the NBA G League, followed that with an 8-point run of his own.  Albany took the first quarter, 37-25, with former Alcorn State 6’3” combo guard A.J. Mosby was the night’s lead scorer with 39 points.

“It was just hard work that got it,” said Mosby of his 39-point night.  “It was just having confidence in my shots; when I have confidence on my side and I see the ball, it’s my night, so that’s good.  It’s only our first game together, but the way we’re playing as a team, it’s a good sign.”

The second quarter saw Albany nearly double the Monarchs’ scoring output 30-16, leading to a 67-41 halftime total.  The second quarter run helped propel Albany to a strong and permanent lead.  “That second quarter really set the tone for us,” said Coach Brown after the game.  “We did a great job.  We played with great energy that was contagious; it rubbed off on everyone.”

Mosby joined six other Patroons in double-figure scoring, including Jared Sam (20 pts), Trevis Wyche (18), Mike Williams (12 pts, 10 rebounds), and JC Show (16). Victor Nicholson’s 12 points included two rim-rocking dunks, one on an alley-oop; the other on a two-handed slam. 

The Patroons’ hit the road Sunday to play the Atlantic City Gambits, that game is live streamed on TBLtv.tv/patroons with a 2pm start. The Patroons next home game is Friday, March 11th at the Armory, against the Lehigh Valley Legends with tip-off at 7pm.

The Patroons play in The Basketball League, which has grown to over 40 teams.