... and having led for the entire first 3 quarters, Pride lost the lead mid way through the 4th quarter. The team rallied and manage to pull back a slender 2 point lead with 50 seconds on the clock. They then produced a great defensive possession limiting Blackpool to having to throw up a hope and a prayer shot from just inside the half, only for it to go in. 1 down the team had to foul to extend the game. They had one play to tie or win the game with a 2 or 3 respectively but a cheap turnover meant the unbeaten record was gone.
The performance was however good against a strong Blackpool side and a physical game throughout. Pride mixed in younger players with first team regulars to give a blended squad which worked very well. The stand out performer from the younger players was Callum Price producing 6 points, shooting 3/3 from 2pt range and contributing 2 assists, rebounds and steals. Sam Holmes hit 2 from 4 from downtown to offer 6 points in just 7 minutes and even guard Shaun Hoyle chipped in with a block! (along with some nice finishes inside)
Round 1 MVP Jamie Defoe played another solid game with 11 points, 4 coming from dunks, 8 boards and 2 big blocks. Paulino Vasquez dominated the boards pulling down 11 and picking up a double double with 14 points offensively. Piotr Pustelnik had a quiet night by his standards with only 2 assists despite some solid play, although the energy drink being downed as the 2nd half started suggested it had been a busy few days at work. Craig Innes shot 80% from 2 pt range contributing 8 points and 5 boards. Player Coach Danny Farnell did a great job of organising, showed some quality footwork inside and showed some of Craig's temper in getting fired up a few times. #KeepItAt9
Pride move on to round 3 of PSBL next Monday against Lancaster Lions, a 7pm tip.