The Blue Lights College Thoroughbreds' quest for their first New South Athletic Conference championship continues this Saturday against a familiar foe: the top-seeded, USCAA #3 ranked Apprentice School Builders.
Fourth-seeded BLC (9-6 overall) will travel to Newport News, Va., looking to avenge two earlier losses to the Builders (18-7 overall). In head coach Nolan Adams' first official game at the helm of BLC, the Thoroughbreds dropped an 80-73 decision to the Builders at the Apprentice Athletic Center. BLC's only loss at home this season was at the hands of Apprentice in the rematch on December 6th. Adams realizes the challenge ahead of his team.
"(It's going to take) our best in every facet of the game, on and off the court," Adams said after the Thoroughbreds' win over Carolina Christian in the NSAC tournament opening round. "If we can stay together and remain a solid team, a unit, a family, then we'll have a chance to win that game."
BLC are down to just six players after a season-ending injury to sophomore forward Victor Ngong. Forward Randy Freeman (personal reasons) is not expected to travel with the team to Newport News.
"We have to keep ourselves fresh because we will be playing major minutes from here on out, " Adams added. "Junayd Hill answered the bell. (He) stepped in and gave us some really solid minutes."
The BLC-Apprentice rematch takes place Saturday, February 25th at 4pm. The winner will advance to the NSAC Championship game against either Mid-Atlantic Christian or Virginia Peninsula on Sunday. You can watch the game on BuildersStream on Youtube. If you planning to attend the game live, tickets can be purchased at gobuilders.com/ticketing.