But, in one swift eight minute quarter, the Connecticut Basketball Club made almost every shot and handled the ball with skill on each offensive possession. The result was a narrow 55-54 victory over the New York Patriots.
The Patriots, on the outside shot of Rasheem Jenkins and the inside strength of Brian Williams, jetted out to a 15-9 first quarter lead. Jenkins had nine points in the quarter, two on three-pointers from the perimeter, and another natural three-point conversion.
The lead stretched to 34-21 at the half and ran up to as high as 16 points in the third quarter. Toward the middle to the latter portion of the third, the Connecticut Basketball Club made a run to chop the lead down to 44-37 heading into the final frame.
Mike Moore had several big baskets for CBC. He drained four three-pointers in the second half and two more key baskets in the fourth quarter to ignite the CBC rally. Moore finished the game with 17 points. Kebaya Kabonga also was a sparkplug for CBC. He scored most of his 13 points also in the final two quarters.
Jenkins finished with 14 points for the Patriots while Williams scored 12. Williams is headed to Tennessee. More later on Williams on this website.
Ryan Lobban added 12 points for the Patriots, a team that had to be dejected after coughing up the big lead in the second half. But credit is due to a Connecticut Basketball Club that was without David Gibbs, a highly regarded player who was attending school classes during this Saturday morning game at IS8.