The cities of Columbus and Dayton sit just a little over an hour apart, which makes it easy for a friendly rivalry to begin budding. The thing about rivalries; they bring intensity and cause for tight games.
Sunday, the Columbus Condors took on the Dayton Flight in their first head to head matchup of the season. The two teams had a matchup scheduled earlier in the season that was cancelled, so they were definitely excited to get at each other.
In the first half, it was visible that the teams were a bit too amped up, as they were a little sloppy to begin. Once the offenses got started though, fans had to buckle up, cause it was off to the races! Dayton went into the game 1-7 and with a clear size disadvantage, but credit to them, they were able to trade blows with Columbus and were within 6 points until about seven minutes left in the half. It became the Brett McKnight show at that point. The Condors rode McKnight to end the first half on a huge run that took them to the break up 65-49.
The Dayton Flight had enough of the bully ball and came out of halftime looking like a completely different team. In the third quarter, Dayton went on a 32-16 run that tied the game at 81 and had the Columbus fans very nervous. The Condors were able to put an end to that momentum before the quarter ended though, going on a small run of their own to go into the fourth up 89-83.
Columbus snuffing out the huge run Dayton went on was an enormous jolt of energy for the team, and they fed off of that start the final quarter. The Condors went back up by double-digits in quick fashion behind some extremely unselfish play, and some smart passes to find the best possible shot. Like I stated earlier in the article though, rivalries breed tight games. Dayton clawed their way back to within one point with five minutes left, leaving the ending to be EPIC.
The last five minutes of the game were a lot like the first half, as both teams traded buckets, not giving the either any room to breathe. Boo Osborne hit two clutch free throws with 5 seconds left to push the Condors lead to 121-118 and that would become the final score.
The win puts the Condors at 6-3 on the year and is their third in a row. Our BSB player of the game was Boo Osborne; he lead the team in points and rebounds to go along with 5 assists. The Condors won’t be home until March 15th, which is the start of a seven-game home stand.