Big Men dominate for Columbus

It was AAU day at the Rike Center, as the Columbus Condors hosted the Tampa Bay Titans for a battle between two talented teams looking to improve their standing in The Basketball League. After a thrilling last second victory on Saturday, the Condors started off Sunday’s game against Tampa looking a little flat. Luckily for them, their competitors looked flat as well.

Tempers flared up a bit in the first quarter, as the mistakes on top of some missed shots were visibly frustrating the players. Both teams were able to shake their offensive struggles in a big way, as both teams went up and down the floor for three minutes straight.

The story of the game for the Condors though, was the play for their big men in the proverbial absence of the team’s leading scorer, Todd Brown. Brown did not look like his usual self in the first half, finishing it with four fouls and zero points. The Columbus big men came up big to fill that void though. Richie Gordon, Brett McKnight, and Matt Bingaya were seemingly getting buckets at will as they combined for 43 points, which powered the team to a 71-51 lead at halftime.

In the second half, the Titans tried everything they could to claw back into the game. In the third quarter they made no progress, still down 20 after the period ended. But in the fourth quarter, Columbus saw the fight that the Tampa team possesses, as the Titans fought to close the gap to 7 with three minutes to play behind a small flurry of 3-pointers. The Condor’s low post offense proved to just be too much though, as they were able to finish off the Titans, 132-121. Brett McKnight goes down as the BSB player of the game; McKnight finished the game with 29 points, 6 rebounds, and the offense ran through him towards the end.

You can catch the Condors in action as they will be back home in the Rike Center on March 1st to take on the Dayton Flight. Full stats from the game against Tampa Bay here.

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