The Lightning shocked the City Rocks in a come from behind win.
This New York showdown was a rollercoaster, and one of the more exciting games of the day. The Lightning came out swinging while the City Rocks were a very formidable unit that plays well together and has many threats in its rotation.
The City Rocks jumped out to a 10-2 start and had the Lightning on their heels in the opening minutes. Luckily the Lightning didn't let it go any further and went on a small run to narrow the deficit. Posh Alexander (2020) hit two trey balls and finished with eight in the half, while teammate Junub Choul from Blair Academy tallied seven of his own.
Throughout the first half, the City Rocks would play some great team basketball and stay on top. Both Dominic Welch and Isaiah Stewart had six points each in the half, point guard Joe Girard added in five of his own in the half. It was a complete team effort; one of the reasons City Rocks held on to a narrow lead in the first half.
They padded that comfortable lead to start the second half, pulling off an 11-6 run. Still, the Lightning remained poised and unbothered, as they knew there was plenty of time left on the clock. This worked in their favor as they slowly turned the tide and began chipping away at the lead.
Before you knew it, and after a significant amount of time ran off the clock, the Lightning were surprisingly back in the contest. They found themselves down by two with three minutes remaining, and kicked it into overdrive.
The tremendous hustle of Posh Alexander and the offensive output by Anthony Nelson spurred them to the finish line. It look like they got their second wind, as Posh forced two back to back turnovers from City Rocks, enabling the Lightning to strike and capitalize. Nelson's 14 points in the half made all the difference as well, as the Lightning were able to roar back and overcome their opponent and in-state rival.