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With Saturday night’s 120-95 win, the Yakima SunKings fans were treated to a weekend sweep of the Kentucky Thoroughbreds. Kentucky could never find their range, shooting a meager 40 percent from the field and 30 percent from the 3 point line. In two games at the Yakima SunDome, the Thoroughbreds could only manage to shoot 38 percent from the field. With the loss, Kentucky drops to 4-5, and is below .500 for the first time in 2018.
“We caught a good team, on a really good night tonight.” said Kentucky coach Brandon Lesovsky. “They shot it fantastically, and we had a hard time keeping up.” The Thoroughbreds were lead by Corey Wilford (30), and the always reliable Tyshawn Patterson (29). The scoring drop off after Wilford and Patterson was extraordinary, as the next leading scoring for Kentucky was Chris Lightner with 8.
Kentucky kept the game close early as the score was 29-27 SunKings at the end of the first period. However, once the second quarter started, the wheels completely came off for the Thoroughbreds. “In the 2nd quarter, they really dominated us in every way..” Lesovsky noted. Kentucky was outscored 33-15 in that period which resulted in a 62-42 halftime deficit, that the team could not bounce back from.
Even with the loss, Kentucky still stands in 4th place in the 8 team North American Premier Basketball (NAPB) standings. Another road trip awaits Kentucky as they will cross the border into Canada to take on the Vancouver Knights on Monday. Vancouver (4-5) is currently tied with Kentucky in 4th place, so the road games takes on a higher level of importance for the team. Coach Lesovski states, “We have to get our heads up, go find a way to get it done, and finish this trip on a high note.”
Yakima SunKings 120: Brent Schuck 26, Robert Duncan 23, Stephen Battle 19, Jackson Trapp 17, Melvin Johnon III 16, Renaldo Major 9, Mac Koshwal 6, Devonte Elliot 4
Kentucky Thoroughbreds 95: Corey Wilford 30, Tyshawn Patterson 29, Chris Lightner 8, Fred Sturdivant 7, Demarcus Robinson 6, Parris Scales 5, AJ Stewart 5, DeAngelo Stewart 3, Brock Young 2