The Worcester 78s suffered their first loss of the season on November 18, against the Bronx Holy Flames, 121-108, at the Stuy Dome in Brooklyn.
The Flames got on the board first as they scored a layup, following a pass that was misread by Maurice Horton. Horton attempted to intercept the pass but overran the ball, providing the Flames with the opportunity.
Horton quickly made up for his mistake by scoring five of the first seven Worcester points. The Flames however, stayed with the 78s and led for most of the first quarter.
The 78s went on a mini run late in the quarter. With two minutes remaining, and Worcester trailing 16-13, Kamahl Walker was fouled hard, and shot from the foul line. He made one of his two free throws, making the score 16-14. After that, Avery King scored a three-pointer to give the 78s a 17-16 lead.
Walker followed that up with a three-pointer of his own, and Chris Fitzgerald was fouled and made one out of his two foul shots. The 78s wound up leading after the first quarter, 21-18.
The second quarter was full of fouls from both sides. The Flames started out the quarter by scoring on their first three possessions. Roshawn Polight got things started as he drove the ball into the paint, spun around numerous Worcester defenders, and laid it in there to make it 21-20.
The Flames momentarily retook the lead, 24-23, before the 78s jumped back out ahead, 27-24, on a three-pointer from Dimitri Floras.
The Flames quickly responded and took advantage of a Worcester miscue. They’d first pull to within a point following a pair of free throws from Jon Greenfield.
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Immediately after Greenfield’s free throws, Walker attempted to pass the ball to Floras up the court. However, the pass was intercepted, and the Flames ran back down the court and scored a layup, to give them a 29-27 lead. After Floras missed a three-pointer, Polight scored a layup for the Flames, to make it 31-27.
On the next Worcester possession, Floras was fouled, and made both free-throws, to cut it to 31-29.
The Flames then went on a 15-9 run, to lead 46-38. However, they started to get sloppy on defense, and proceeded to let the 78s get back into the game. The Flames committed four fouls and watched their seemingly comfortable eight-point lead vanish and turn into a 56-53 deficit, which was the way the quarter would end.
The third quarter began similarly to the second quarter for the Flames, as Kareem Corprew and Iyoha Agho scored back-to-back three-pointers, to give them a 59-56 lead. After the 78s scored a two-pointer, Corprew again sank a three-point basket from the behind the key to make it 62-58, Flames.
Horton pulled the 78s to within two after scoring a layup, but Agho answered with a three-point basket to put the Flames up 65-60. Walker was then fouled again for the 78s and made one of his two shots, making it 65-61.
The Flames however slowly continued to build onto their lead with another two-pointer, to make it 67-61. The 78s would respond with two points of their own to make it 67-63, but the Flames would then begin to pile up the points. They would proceed to go on a 14-0 run, to make the score 78-63.
The 78s refused to go down quietly though and managed to get the deficit back down to single digits at the end of the quarter, as they trailed 87-80.
However, the Flames’ offense eventually became too much for the 78s in the fourth quarter. They started the action with a 9-2 run, and never looked back. Whenever Worcester tried to get something going, the Flames would immediately respond and put the game further out of reach.
Ultimately, the 78s couldn’t keep up, and ended up losing, 121-108, making them 2-1 overall on the young season.
The 78s’ next game will be against the ATC Cardinals at the GymRatz Performance on November 24, at 6:05 p.m.
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