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Miners drop CBA home opener to Albany Patroons

January 25, 2009 - Continental Basketball Association 1 (CBA 1) - East Kentucky Miners News Release

PIKEVILLE, Ky. - The East Kentucky Miners returned to action on their home floor Saturday night, hosting the Albany Patroons in a CBA matchup at the East Kentucky Expo Center. Host East Kentucky faced an 11-point deficit at the conclusion of the first quarter. The Miners could never recover from a slow start as Albany swept the quarter points 7-0 en route to a 140-111 win.

Each team featured six players in double figures in the scoring column. Mike Campbell, playing out of a reserve role, led Albany with 23 points, Rod Nealy (22 points), Shaun Fountain (21), J.J. Sullinger (20), Harvey Thomas (13) and Daryll Hill were also productive offensively in the scoring column for the Patroons.

Albany, which shot 63.7-percent from the field, led 37-26 at the end of the opening quarter and took a commanding 68-48 lead into halftime.

The Patroons remained out in front of East Kentucky throughout the second half, edging the Miners 40-38 in a high-scoring third quarter.

East Kentucky managed to outrebound Albany 39-37.

The Miners shot 50.6-percent from the field in the league loss.

Jason McLeish led East Kentucky with a game-high 26 points. Jermaine Blackburn scored 22 points and Galen Young added 16 for the Miners. Joe Buck (12 points), Delvin Thomas (11) and Mike Dean (10) were among the other offensive leaders for homestanding East Kentucky.

The Miners will have an opportunity to get back into the win column less than 24 hours after falling to the Patroons. East Kentucky will host Albany on Sunday in another CBA matchup. Tip-off for the Sunday game is set for 4:05 p.m. at the East Kentucky Expo Center.

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