Rogues Face Albany Patroons in Third Round, Host Game 1

AUGUSTA, GEORGIA – The Rogues championship quest continues into round three of the TBL playoffs. After dispatching the Georgia Soul in two games, the Rogues move on to face the Northeast champion Albany Patroons. The first game of the series will be held at Mary Brown’s Centre in St. John’s on Friday, June 9th. Game two and three (if necessary) will be held in Albany on Monday June 12th and Tuesday the 13th.

The Patroons have a strong team history that goes back to 1982. Phil Jackson coached the 1984 team to a CBA (Continental Basketball Association) championship, while Bill Musselman and George Karl also coached the team in subsequent seasons. The team was profiled in the documentary The Minor League Mecca. Their venue – the Washington Avenue Armory – is one of the most unique in sports; an armoury that was built in 1890 for the New York National Guard, it is now a multi-purpose sports arena.

The Patroons finished the regular season with a 20-4 record, including an impressive win over the eventual NBL-C champion London Lightning.

The Rogues have been carried so far by the inside-outside one-two punch of Armani Chaney and Marquise Collins. Chaney averaged 36 points and Collins averaged 27.5 against the Soul, often collaborating on late game possessions. The duo will look to continue its strong play against the Patroons.

News & Notes

  • Tyrone Young’s return from injury was short-lived. He returns to the injured list, joining Brandon Johnson. Ron Artest III requires surgery on an injured foot and will not return this season.

Photo credit – Robert Greeley