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BASKETBALL: Nationally Ranked Shanrocks Face Next Challenge

November 10, 2018

In their first official game as a member of the American Basketball Association, the Scranton Shamrocks made quite an impression. The league newcomers’ win over Binghamton last week has Scranton ranked 16th in the country as they get ready to host the ninth-ranked Syracuse Stallions tonight at 6 at Johnson College. “That was a big win coming in against the fifth-ranked team in the country and a team that was successful on a national scale last season,” said Shamrocks standout Brandon Angradi, who had 16 points in a 140-130 win in the opening game against Binghamton. “It was a test of where we stood and it showed that we can compete at that national level.” The Shamrocks (1-0) received balanced scoring in their win over Binghamton, which came into last week’s game with a glowing reputation. Terrance King led the way with 30 points, former Scranton High School star Stephon Draper had 22 points and six assists, Kody Jacoby had 21 points and 10 rebounds and Lamont Tillery had 20 points and nine rebounds. Mike Coleman had 14 points to give the Shamrocks six players in double figures. “I think that was encouraging because it’s the second week and that win and the ranking kind of validates what we were able to put together last year in our seven games that we played,” Angradi said. “We wanted to show that we belong. “Getting that recognition is important, but it is not something we are satisfied with and we know we have to keep working and playing well.” Syracuse is off to a 2-0 start to its season and is coming off a 139-87 win over Elmira. Cornelius Vines, a Hofstra University product, led the way for the Stallions with 34 points, 12 rebounds and six assists. Cameron Dobbs added 22 points, while Jamail Stanley and DaJuan Coleman, a former Syracuse University center, each had 20 points. Coleman also had 13 rebounds in the win. “They are the ninth-ranked team coming in and they have a couple of really good players,” Angradi said. “It will be a challenge. We want to keep the momentum going and it’s about getting better every week. “Everybody has to come prepared and we have to keep playing together against a great team from Syracuse.” Contact the writer: jbfawcett@timesshamrock.com; 570-348-9125; @sportsTT on Twitter

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