In front of a raucous crowd in the Washington Avenue Armory, Derrick Rowland used his entire lineup in Albany’s home opener with the New York Court Kings.
And through his efforts, every Patroons player scored points – and several reached double figures – as the Patroons triumphed with a 154-94 victory over the visiting New York Court Kings. The Patroons improve to a 2-0 record and first place in the TBL standings, while the Court Kings fall to 0-1.
The 60-point victory was the Patroons’ largest margin of victory in over 10 years, when the Patroons, then in the United States Basketball League, defeated the New Jersey Meteors by more than 80 points in an opening night contest. The 154 points are the most scored by Albany since 1991, when the Patroons scored 161 points in a quadruple-overtime loss to the Yakima Sun Kings.
Three Patroons scored 20 ponints apiece, including returning veterans Steven Cunningham, Lloyd “Pooh” Johnson and Jerel Scott. New addiions Darius Paul added 16 points, with 14 from veteran Edwin Ubiles and 13 points from newcomer Renard Thomas.
“This was our first home game,” said Renard Thomas. “We put on a show for the crowd, let them know we were here. Being at home, it’s a comfort zone, you feel much better. It was lights out tonight.”
“I just performed when my number was called,” said Albany’s Sajae Pryor, who finished the night with a professional career high 11 points. “Whatever I can do to help my team win the championship, whether it’s scoring or defense, when Coach calls me, I will be reach.”
The Court Kings were led in scoring by Leroy Fludd with 25 points, followed by 19 points from Dashawn Carter and 13 points from Carl Lee.
The Patroons return to the Armory on Friday, January 18 against the San Diego Waves. Game time is at 7:00 p.m.
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