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Drive Win PBL Championship, Beat Rochester 101-80

April 14, 2012 - Premier Basketball League (PBL) - Central Illinois Drive News Release

Bloomington, IL - The Central Division Champion Central Illinois Drive, presented by Sonic, won the PBL Championship Saturday night. The team won 101-80 over Eastern Division Champion and defending PBL Champion Rochester RazorSharks. They swept the playoffs in four games. The 80 points allowed was the lowest of the season for Rochester. The Drive went 18-1 in the regular season and 22-1 total. Five Drive players were in double-digits in points. Perry petty led the way with 21 points. Todd Peterson had a double-double scoring 17 points with 10 rebounds.

It was a fast paced game from the start. Both teams did not waste any time getting up and down the floor. Play on both sides was crisp and it appeared like the game could be tight throughout the night. Neither team wanted to make the mistake that could cost them. With both teams giving up little ground the Drive led 19-17. Nathan Fuqua tipped in a shot by Daniel Ruffin at the buzzer.

The Drive kicked it into the next gear in the 2nd quarter. They started the quarter with an 8-0 run that turned into a 14-4 run. The Central Illinois players got some style points along the way as well. Jemal Farmer had a nice dunk. Matt Salley hit a shot from behind the basket while falling out of bounds but it did not count because the shot clock ran out. Momentum had swung in favor of the Drive but they would need to keep up the good play in the final two quarters. At halftime the Drive led 43-37 after a 24-20 quarter. Perry Petty was leading scoring with 14 points.

The 3rd quarter started like the 1st. Both teams played with a lot of intensity and wanted to keep their offense hot. The Central Illinois defense was on their game, keeping Rochester from keeping the game too close. But the RazorSharks were not going away. The Drive offense had to keep up the pressure and speed to keep their big lead. At one point they led by 14 points. The Drive outscored Rochester 29-23 in the 3rd and led 72-60.

The Drive started the 4th with a 9-2 run and eventually opened up the lead to 20 points. It was the largest lead of the game. The Drive had it all going and Rochester lost their composure when Aaron Williams threw the ball at Perry Petty resulting in a technical foul. All the Drive players had to do was keep scoring and play solid defense and the Championship would be theirs.

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