Late Free Throws Help Rocks Escape At Disney

Reporter Mike Sullivan watched the Albany City Rocks' 16 and under team earn a hard fought pool victory ...

LAKE BUENA VISTA, FLORIDA -- Pat Moore's clutch free throws in the final minute of play helped the Albany City Rocks escape with a 81-72 victory over the South Florida Elite Ballas.

The Showcase pool game was played inside the Milk House on the grounds of Disney World at the Wide World of Sports complex.

"We do make it interesting," said a not so happy Rocks head coach Jim Hart.

The Rocks were able to gain a 43-26 advantage at the half on the strength of their forwards. Will Regan had 12 points while Tobias Harris pitched in with eight points.

Heading into the final quarter, the Rocks maintained a nice advantage at 59-43. But midway through the last eight minutes of play, the Rocks had trouble handling the ball and the Ballas just got plain hot.

Anthony Anderson (13 points) and Cedric Flood ignited the late quarter rally, cutting a 20 point disadvantage to down to five points on two occasions. It was on these two moments that Moore calmly netted two free throws to stabilize the Rocks' fall.

Moore, a 2010 prospect from Utica, had been recently praised by Hart as being key to the recent run to the championship game at the Peach Jam.

At 6-foot-5, he possesses nice size and a soft touch too. When given an opportunity to hit the jumper, he does. Last night, he was clutch in a tough spot.

Regan scored 20 points to lead his team while Taran Buie added 15 and forward Bruce Kofane slammed home 13.

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