The last time the Albany Patroons faced the New York Court Kings at the Armory, the Pats destroyed the Court Kings 154-94 in a game that wasn’t even THAT close.
Last Thursday, however, the Court Kings rallied at their home court in Queens, defeating the Patroons 115-104 to give Albany its first loss on the season.
It’s Saturday afternoon – and the Patroons are back at the Armory for a matchup of their downstate rivals.
And thanks to all five members of Albany’s starting lineup scoring in double figures – plus a key block from benchman Joshua Cameron in the third quarter – the Pats returned to the win conlumn, defeating the Court Kings 106-98. Albany improves to 8-1 and stays only a half-game behind Kansas City for the TBL standings lead.
This time at the Armory, there wasn’t a Patroons runaway victory – both teams traded leads back and forth, at one point changing the lead twelve different times. But the key block I’m talking about was one from Josh Cameron.
The Court Kings had a breakway run, as their player Jovan Bovell was about to hit an uncontested slam. Cameron, all 6’2″ of him, leaped up and swatted the ball into the seats before Bovell could slam down the ball.
Here’s what Cameron said to me after the game. “I was timing it,. I could see he wasn’t really looking for any body contact, and I knew he wasn’t going to dunk it, so I timed it – and I went up there and got it.”
This is what I enjoy about the Patroons. Everybody knows their role and they execute it to perfection. And that’s why the Patroons are 8-1 this season – including a 5-0 run at the Armory.
This is good. Totally, totally good.
Now let’s push forward and win that championship. I mean it.