COURTKINGS COMEBACK FALLS SHORT
CHICAGO — For the second week in a row, Cedar Valley couldn’t overcome a slow start on the road. The Court Kings fell to the CHICAGO Fury, 111-103, at the Salvation Army’s Red Stern Center on Saturday.
Playing their second game in franchise history, the CourtKings (0-2) trailed 35-19 after the first quarter. They outscored the Fury (2-0) The rest of the game, 84-73.
Cedar Valley was down 53-38 at the half and 76-65 after three quarters of play.
The CourtKings rallied in the fourth quarter. They cut Chicago ‘s lead to four points with one-minute, 10-seconds (1:10) left in the game. Cedar Valley had the ball with a chance to narrow the deficit to one possession, but the Fury were able to hold on down the stretch to secure the win.
Chicago was aided by its ability to get to the free throw line. The Fury made 28 of their 32 attempts from the charity stripe.
John Taylor led Chicago with a game-high 26 points. Former Southern Mississippi star Johnathan Mills followed with 22.
Lamar Wall led Cedar Valley ‘s scoring for the second week in a row, tallying 21 points. In all, six players tallied double-figures for the CourtKings. Alex Houston scored 19, former UNI Panther standout Anthony James scored 12 as did LaDon Singleton. Alex Coleman tallied 11 and the other CourtKing to score in double figures was Andre Norris with 10 points. Clay Cook led the team in rebounds grabbing 8 and Gage Heffernan would get 5 steals in the 8 point road loss.
After back-to-back road games against two different Chicago teams to begin their inaugural campaign in the brand new Midwest Basketball League, Cedar Valley will be idle this weekend prior to their home-opener. The CourtKings open their seven-game home schedule on Sunday, May 15, hosting the Minnesota Broncos at 7:30 p.m. at the Cedar Valley SportsPlex in downtown Waterloo .