Condors take down Skyline 113-106

At the historic Rike Center the Columbus Condors hosted their home opener against the Dallas Skyline. It started well for the Condors as Andy Bosley would score the first six of ten points for Columbus. Dallas would call a timeout with 5:43 to go in the first quarter as Columbus was currently on a 7-0 run and was up 14-7. The Condors continued to put the pressure on the Skyline. Columbus forward Richie Brown would steal the ball, creating a fast break opportunity and find AJ Brown for a monstrous dunk that would extend their lead to 24-16. After a timeout the Skyline went on 15-3 run to take a 31-27 lead heading into the second quarter.

In the second quarter Andy Bosley would have huge dunk to help spark Columbus and cut the lead. However, the Condors found themselves trading baskets with the Skyline. Bosley continued to be the story of the first half as he would get a big layup where he would draw a foul and sink his free-throw to give Columbus the lead back with 7:24 left in the half. As the next few minutes would move along the Condors would get a huge boost by Todd Brown as he would drill a three-pointer to take the lead 46-45. Another fast break steal by Richie Green as he would find AJ Davis to extend the Condor lead. Another long range three-pointer by Brown would extend the lead even more to 53-49. A buzzer beater three-pointer by AJ Davis would make the Condor lead 56-49 at the half.

The third quarter would start off with both teams continuing to trade baskets. Both the Condors and Skyline got in foul trouble and much of the scoring came from the free-throw line. The Condors and Skyline would both have five total team fouls in the first five minutes of the quarter. Columbus would find themselves tied at 62 before AJ Davis would get an easy layup making the score 64-62 with 6:45 left in third quarter. The Condors went on a 7-1 run before Terry Maston would end the run by making both his free-throws cutting the lead to 69-65. Free-throw shooting would be the main course of the scoring until AJ Davis would drill two late three-pointers to go into the fourth quarter with 83-80 Condor lead.

The fourth quarter was a very intense quarter as the Condors would get a block by Bosley that would lead to a Boo Osborne three-pointer to spark a nice home crowd. At the 8:12 mark in the fourth quarter the Condors were up on the Skyline 92-88. With 7:45 to go in the game the Condors had the Rike Center home crowd erupting. A huge block by Bosley led to a Boo Osborne three-pointer. Then a steal by AJ Davis that led to a McKnight layup that extended the lead to 96-90. The highlight of the fourth quarter would come at the three minute mark when AJ Davis would have a breakaway dunk that would extend the lead to 109-99. Columbus would hit crucial free-throws in the final moments in the game to win their home opener 113-106. AJ Davis was the leading scorer for the Condors with 27 points, all coming off the bench. The bright spot for the Skyline was their star center Terry Maston as he would record 35 points and 21 rebounds in the loss to Columbus.

Next for the Columbus Condors will be road games against Albany on February 15 followed by Tri-State on February 16.

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