That’s right … the Patroons are glued to the top of the North American Premier Basketball League standings with a clutch 133-128 overtime victory over the Kansas City Tornado’s in Missouri last night.
That’s right … Siena basketball legend Edwin Ubiles drained a team-high 44 points on 16-for-25 shooting.
That’s right … Torren Jones pounded a double-double of 22 points and 11 rebounds.
That’s right … Jamario Moon swatted away six blocks to keep Kansas City at bay.
The Tornado’s are 1-6 on the season, and the tens of fans who showed up at last night’s game surely went home disappointed in their squad. It also didn’t help that Kansas City went 23-for-30 from the free throw line, any one of those could have helped them win in regulation.
No matter. Albany plays the Tornado’s again today at 7pm.
And here’s the thing. This iteration of the Patroons has the chance right now to put together the best regular season winning percentage of any Patroons team ever.
The first iteration of the Patroons assembled a 50-6 regular season mark, finishing with an .893 winning percentage in the 1990-91 season. The team that year consisted of Vincent Askew, Mario Elie, Snoop Graham, Jeff Fryer and Albert King, and was coached by George Karl.
This iteration of the Patroons has 22 games left on their schedule and is currently 7-1 with an .875 winning percentage. This squad would need to win twenty of their final 22 games to surpass that 1990-91 mark.
Yes, I know the 1990-91 team was in the old Continental Basketball Association, where games were scored with that 7-point standings tool (three standings points for a win, one standings point for every quarter in which you outscore your opponent), so the numbers can be a bit skewed. But a winning percentage is still a winning percentage, and this iteration of the gold and kelly green still has a chance to meet or even surpass that winning percentage.
Yeah, I know, I’m gushing like a fanboy. I get it.
But damn it, it’s my local sports team, and I’m allowed to gush all I want.
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