Pulling within 30-25 after three quarters, Benet kept the heat on, but so did Black, with 3s on consecutive trips downcourt
to give the Royals a 42-33 lead with 3:03 left in the game.
After Durant missed, Caldwell-Pope drove downcourt
with the crowd on its feet and a chance to emulate Kobe on a late game-winner but Caldwell-Pope badly missed his long jumper at the buzzer.
Romeo was a perfect 5-of-5 from the stripe and also had three steals, all of them off India's point guards whom he gave a hard time bringing the ball downcourt
His pass out of traffic landed in hands of Sanders-Dyer, who looked to break downcourt
until the play was whistled dead.
Alidio brought the ball downcourt
and with no fear and hesitation drained the biggest basket of the game.
He took a couple of steps downcourt
, then called timeout with 3.
The Lakers passed the ball downcourt
to Millager, whose shot from 5 feet gave the Titans (4-1 NWAACC) their first league loss.
The defense-turned-offense could instantaneously take quick possession of the ball by immediately inbounding and running the same primary fastbreak to get the ball downcourt
and try to score as the opposition attempts to set up their defense.
Sports has turned into a chase business, with upfront buys less important than ever, particularly as team won/lost records (the ultimate driver of most licensed apparel sales) rise and plunge from year to year as rapidly as a basketball being dribbled downcourt
on a fast break.
Almazan, who finished with 17 points, then gave the Kings a chance to wrap up the contest by missing a reverse layup, only for Ginebra to bungle the opportunity when Chan stole possession from Michael Dunigan before sprinting downcourt
for the wide-open layup.
After Hanlan converted a three-point play with 15:18 to go to pull the Eagles to 48-38, Batten came back downcourt
and delivered a hard smack to the floor -- Duke's longtime trademark move when it needs a defensive stand.