Antoine Obery leads the Express to victory in Springfield, MA.
Antoine Obery poured in 33 points, grabbed 15 rebounds, and dealt 10 assists to lead the Jersey Express to a 103-99 victory over the Springfield Sting on Saturday night in Springfield, MA.
The Express have won three games in-a-row to boost their record to 8-5, now ranked #24 in the ABA power rankings. With five division titles in 12 seasons, the Express are heating up at a pivotal point in their season. In addition to Obery’s fifth triple double of the year, first-year sensation Michael Young continued his exceptional play. Young, a rookie out of St Peters College, contributed 15 points and put on a defensive clinic, completely shutting down the Sting’s backcourt in the second half.
The Express received additional contributions from Luis Martinez, who scored 22 points off the bench and 11 points from Sultan, a 6’6 rookie from East Stroudsburg University.
The road to the playoffs continues for the Express this coming weekend when they welcome the Binghamton Bulldogs, who are 13-2 this season. The Express lost to the Bulldogs 129-120 in their previous meeting on January 6th. The next day, the Express travel to Worchester, MA to take on the Worchrster 78’s, who also defeated the Express earlier this season. Saturday’s game is at Don Bosco Tech in Paterson. Tip-off 6:00 pm.
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