Behind another stellar effort from Tyshawn Patterson (38 points), the Kentucky Thoroughbreds snapped their 5 game losing streak with a 112-98 win over the Vancouver Knights in Canada. With the win, Kentucky (5-5) moved back to .500 on the season, and are currently in 4th place in the North American Premier Basketball (NAPB) standings. The Thoroughbreds sit 1.5 games behind 3rd place Ohio, and will have a chance to close that gap on February 11th when Kentucky travels to 6th place Kansas City.
“In the first half they were really shooting the ball well, but we started to take control at the end of the half and continued that into the 3rd quarter.” said Kentucky coach Brandon Lesovsky. “They (Vancouver) were also playing their 3rd game in 3 days, so there were a lot of tired bodies on the floor.”
With Kentucky leading 56-52 at the half, the Thoroughbreds came out with energy and efficiency as they extended the lead to 87-72 by the end of the 3rd quarter. Vancouver would not quit, and the Knights fought back to trim the lead all the way to 4, before Patterson, Fred Sturdivant, and Corey Wilford put the game away with clutch baskets. DeAngelo Stewart also chipped in with 15 points and 12 rebounds.
While coach Lesovsky was happy with the win, he still points out the concerns he has moving forward. “Offensively we’re very reliant on Tyshawn Patterson for everything right now, and need our other guys to step up on a more consistent basis.” Kentucky will be on the road against the Kansas City Tornados on the 11th and will return home on for a Valentine’s Day (February 14th) matinee as they’ll play Kansas City in a rubber match at 11am at the Owensboro Sportscenter.