Patrons force Game 3 of the playoffs with Atlantic City


ALBANY – Heading into Game 2 of the Northeast Division Finals, Albany Patroon coach Will Brown stressed the importance of tenacity with his team in the face of a playoff elimination from the Basketball League.

After overcoming a rocky start, the Patroons responded when they had to and facing a rally from Altantic City in the final minutes, Albany hung on for a 108-100 victory Friday night at the Washington Avenue Armory.

The victory avenged a 91-83 loss at Atlantic City, NJ, on Tuesday and forced a decisive third game at the Armory on Saturday with the opening tip scheduled for 7 p.m.

“They beat us in Game 1. We had a long layoff before the game and we couldn’t get into a rhythm or a flow, but you have to give Atlantic City credit because they played with it. a lot of physicality and toughness and that bothered us,” Brown said. “Our number one key in this game was tenacity, both mental and physical. I think our guys showed courage and determination. We will know what we are made of tomorrow.

Honored pre-game as TBL Coach of the Year, Brown watched his team fall 11 points behind in the first quarter before rallying in the second to head into intermission trailing 54-51 in a 24-minute opening in which Albany never led.

“What I talked about, other than toughness, we made too many self-inflicted errors in Game 1,” Brown said. “We haven’t learned enough about ourselves and our self-inflicted mistakes because we had too many in the first half today. Playing hard and playing with a lot of energy is important, but you have to. to do with a lot of composure. What we lacked sometimes tonight was composure and I think in the second half we did a better job. We have a lot to clean up before the game of tomorrow night, but the good thing is we’re playing again.

The Patroons took their first lead of the game 60-58 on a 3-pointer from Mike Williams with 8 minutes and 30 seconds left in the third and outscored the Gambits 35-27 in the period, scored by 12 points apiece from AJ Mosby and Jared Sam.

Mosby made three 3-pointers in the period and scored 19 in the game as Albany held an 86-81 lead going into the fourth.

“We shoot in the gym every day and we had to be patient and knew this was going to happen to us and it did in the third quarter,” Mosby said. “AC are a good team, they’re going to hit some big shots, they’ve got some big players there. We knew they were going to hit some shots. We had to keep a cool head, stick together and that’s what we They started missing shots, we started making shots.

Mosby’s basket with 3:30 left in the fourth capped a 6-0 run at Albany and gave the Patroons a 98-89 lead and they took a 101-94 lead over a 3-point Williams with 2:04 to go.

After the Gambits got 3 straight points from Frank Turner and Brandon Taylor to cut Albany’s lead to 101-100 with 1:15 to go, Trevis Wyche buried a 3 for Albany then assisted Anthony Moe’s lay- up after forcing a turnover to hand Albany 106-100 with 30 seconds left.

Williams led Albany with 26 points while Mosby had 19 points to go with five assists.

Sean Martin, a local freelance writer, is a frequent contributor to The Times Union.


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