Enforcers Post Season Highs in Impressive Win
COVINGTON, KY - February 6, 2017 - The Kentucky Enforcers entered their game Saturday night at Cincinnati Christian University three games into their first losing streak of the season. They needed a game that would serve as a reset button to get them back on track. After a productive practice Thursday night, focusing mostly on defense, the Enforcers came out looking like the team that started the season 7-0. The Enforcers used 20 first half steals to take an 85-47 lead into halftime. 85 points in the first half.
Perhaps the frustration of losing three straight motivated the Enforcers to keep their feet on the gas pedal in the second half. The Enforcers posted season highs in field goal attempts (129), three point field goals made (20), points scored, and a season low points allowed in a 163-81 drubbing of the Oakland County Cowboys, an 82 point victory.
“The biggest reason for getting a win like this was our team play,” said forward Marcus Thompson. “Sharing the ball, and every guy committing to their defensive responsibility for all 48 minutes.”
The American Basketball Association (ABA) employs some unique rules that promote a fast paced, high scoring game. Perhaps the most unique is the “3-D Rule.” The 3-D rules goes into effect when a team commits a turnover in the backcourt. A red light at the scorer’s table is turned on during the ensuing opponent’s possession. Any field goal made while the red light is on is worth one extra point than what it would be in a normal possession. So a two point shot is worth three, a three point shot is worth four, and a player that gets fouled in the act of shooting gets one extra free throw in addition to the two or three dictated by the field goal attempt. Typically, a team may add an extra three or four points per game on 3-D possessions. The Kentucky Enforcers took advantage of 31 steals and several other forced turnovers that led to 10 extra points on nine made field goals and an extra free throw, for a total of 35 points on 3-D possessions.
The Enforcers saw notable stat lines from the likes of Da’Markco Foster, who led the team in scoring with 34 points, and added 7 rebounds, 10 assists, and 7 steals. Aaron Miller contributed 29 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 assists. Jeff Robinson shot 12 of 14 from the field, 1 for 1 from three point range, and 3 for 3 from the free throw line on his way to 30 points and 8 rebounds.
The most remarkable line, however, belonged to the Enforcers most senior player (32 years old), captain Marcus Thompson. After terrific careers at Cincinnati’s Anderson High School (‘02), Seton Hill University in Greensburg, PA, and stints in a number of professional leagues, Thompson earned his first ever triple double Saturday night, with 13 points, 11 rebounds, and 10 assists. The milestone was truly sweet for Thompson who missed a triple double by one assist in a January 21st home game that saw teammates miss two layups and a dunk late in the game that would have given him his tenth assist. “This triple double means a lot to me because not many people can say that they've achieved one before. I'm blessed to still be playing. You never know how much longer you have, so to be able to add that to my resume is truly a blessing,” said Thompson. Even more impressive, Thompson exited the game one steal shy of a quadruple double! “I did want to go in immediately after I heard that I was one steal away. You talk about a triple double being rare, but a quadruple double... sheesh. But that feeling quickly passed when I took a breath and realized what we had done as a team that night. It was a much needed showing for us that included amazing performances from a few individuals. I didn't want to make it just about me.” Through the first nine games of the season, Marcus Thompson owned averages of 7.9 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 3 assists per game. Over the last five games, Thompson has averaged 17.2 points, 11.4 rebounds, and 5.6 assists. When asked what he attributes the boost in performance to, Thompson responded, “My recent boost in performance is a direct result of Coach Driskell and my teammates having confidence in me and letting me know that in order for us to be as good as we can be, that they need me to be more aggressive.”
The Kentucky Enforcers are on the road for the next three weekends before returning home for the regular season finale March 4th, at 7:00 pm, at Cincinnati Christian University.