Kentucky couldn’t overcome a 23% shooting performance from the 3 point line, and dropped a 119-108 road contest in Rochester, New York. With the loss, Kentucky drops to 4-3 on the season.
“Every time we started to get going Rochester had an answer both inside and out” said Kentucky coach Brandon Lesovsky. “We were a bit sluggish but take nothing away from them, they played well and deserved to win.” A pleasant surprise for Kentucky was the play of DeAngelo Stewart, who led the team in scoring with 25 points. North American Premier Basketball week 2 player of the week Tyshawn Patterson chipped in with 24. Demarcus Robinson and Corey Wilford both scored 13 points in 30 minutes of action each.
Rochester (1-6) came into Wednesday’s home tilt, winless, and desperately needing a win. After some roster changes, the RazorSharks look like they’re getting back to their old winning ways. “We played tonight for the first time this season with a sense of urgency and it showed,” Rochester head coach Chris Iversen said. “We were able to take advantage of a couple things offensively that were working but our defensive energy and effort was the key tonight.”
Kentucky started their 5 game road trip last night, and will have to regroup quickly. “We had a 7:45 flight this morning through Chicago, and will arrive in Seattle about 1:05 pacific time.” Lesovsky said. “So we will have a bit of time to chew on this one.” Up next for Kentucky is a two game series against the Yakima SunKings, who are 6-2 and in 2nd place in the NAPB standings.
“Yakima has been really good to start the season”, says Lesovski. “That’s what I love about this league so far, if you don’t play well and do what you need to do, you lose. We will bounce back and get it headed in the right direction again. It’s a long season”
Rochester 119: Rashard McGill 29, Phil Valenti 22, Matt Hart 17, Melvin Council 17, John Ivy 13, Jerice Crouch 9, Devon Alexander 5, Dan Biber 5, Josh Oglesby 2
Kentucky 108: DeAngelo Stewart 25, Tyshawn Patterson 24, Demarcus Robinson 13, Corey Wilford 13, Fred Sturdivant 10, Darius Leonard 10, AJ Stewart 7, Parris Scales 4, Brock Young 2
*Alan Dale from NAPB Media Relations contributed to this article