Jersey Express Suffer First Loss of Season

Coach Austin addresses his team during a timeout (Photo by Augustine Dashiell, Plainfield Sports News).

NYC Thunder Get the Better of the Express, 108-88

East Orange, N.J. (Sunday, December 13, 2009) – The Jersey Express (4-1) remained perfect through its first four contests of the American Basketball Association season, but an able New York City Thunder team came into East Orange Campus High School today to hand the Express its first loss of the year. The Thunder took advantage of the fact that the Express had played a game the night before and built an early lead in this contest, riding that momentum to an eventual 108-88 victory.

“We took one on the chin today,” Express head coach Quaasim Austin said after the game. “NYC came ready to play, and I’m not going to make any excuses. You have to give credit where credit is due.”

After taking a 99-84 win over the Maryland Marvels on Saturday night, the Express were forced to run the floor on Sunday afternoon with some heavy legs. They had problems getting their buckets to fall in the early-going, which led to an early 21-7 advantage for the Thunder. After Coach Austin called a timeout at 5:42 of the opening frame, the entire Express squad came back onto the floor with a newfound intensity and went on a roll. After a 12-3 run brought them within five points, NYC went on a run of their own to finish the first quarter with a 29-20 lead.

By the midway point of the second stanza, the Express closed within four points of the Thunder, but it was the closest they would get to their opposition. They then displayed great character the rest of the way by playing until the final whistle, but turnovers and trouble at the charity stripe would be too much for them to overcome.

Irvington native Antoinne Morgano led the Express with 16 points on the evening, and center Dwayne Howell pulled down a team-leading 10 boards with guard Troy Goodman dealing out six dimes. Five total players on the Express ended up scoring in double digits.

On the other side of the floor, Thunder guard Sean Dantzler had a game-high 33 points, while center Kyle Cuffe led his team with 13 rebounds and two players finished with three assists.

The Express return home on Saturday, January 9th, when they host the New York Red Riders at 7:00 p.m. Tickets for all home games are $10, and group ticket packages are available through the team website at www.JerseyExpress.net. Also, businesses and organizations interested in sponsorship opportunities with the Express can contact the team at info@jerseyexpress.net.

The Jersey Express is a member of the American Basketball Association and is currently amid its fifth season in the ABA. Quaasim Austin is the head coach of the Express with Cassandra Smith serving as his assistant coach, and the team plays its home schedule at East Orange Campus High School. The Express made the playoffs in each of their past two seasons and reached the ABA Elite Eight last year in Nashville, Tennessee.

For ABA league information, fans are encouraged to log onto www.abalive.com.

Press releases for the Jersey Express are written by Resolution Sports, the official media partner of the team.



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