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The Albany Patroons defeated the Yakima SunKings 114-111 in game two of The Basketball League championship series on Tuesday, April 30, 2019 in Yakima, Wash.

ALBANY, N.Y. — There was no question the Yakima SunKings faced a stern challenge.

Not only did they have to go on the road to try and win the TBL championship, they did so with no coaches after the firing of Paul Woolpert on Wednesday.

That latter move added to their test because Renaldo Major, last year’s finals MVP who was averaging 26.3 points this postseason, was stuck in street clothes, coaching his comrades rather than joining them in battle on the floor.

When faced with such adversity in the past, this group of SunKings has shown a resiliency that’s always pulled them tighter as a team and that was the case one final time Friday.

In spite of all those factors — and a stunning third-quarter blitz by Albany — Yakima dug deep and amazingly had a shot to overtake the Patroons down the stretch.

Unfortunately, Albany, behind Shadell Millinghaus, Joshua Cameron and Jordan Robertson, put on a clutch, can’t-miss shooting display from long distance and was finally able to put away the SunKings 124-113 to claim the deciding game Friday night.

Cameron scored 10 of his 24 points in a 17-0 explosion midway through the third quarter that turned a four-point Yakima lead into a 79-66 Albany advantage. That lead would grow to as much as 19 (105-86) early in the fourth before Yakima worked for a stunning comeback.

The SunKings closed within seven twice with just under four minutes to play, but each time, Millinghaus was pure on a 3-pointer, part of a 37-point performance that earned him finals Most Valuable Player.

Yakima got within 115-109 with about two minutes left on a layin by Tony Farmer, who came up big with 31 points and 19 rebounds, but Anthony Moe scored on a putback and Millinghaus hit 1 of 2 free throws to push the lead back to nine with just over minute left.

A Farmer basket cut the deficit to seven, but Cameron made a pair of free throws and then had a steal on the ensuing inbounds, got fouled and hit both of those foul shots for a 122-111 lead that effectively slammed the door shut on the SunKings.

Cameron finished 5 of 6 from behind the arch and Millinghaus was 3 of 6. More damaging, though, was Robertson’s contribution. The forward entered the game with 23 points total in the first two games but on Friday, he broke loose for 25 highlighted by a 4-for-5 effort from 3-point range.

The Patroons made 14 of 26 3-pointers (54 percent) while Yakima was just 11 of 41 (27 percent). Overall, Albany shot 53 percent (45 of 85) compared to 40 percent for Yakima (41 of 102), although the SunKings helped offset that some by grabbing 32 offensive rebounds that they converted into 28 second-chance points.

Millinghaus also had a team-best 12 rebounds, five assists and four steals to cap off a remarkable series in which he played all 101 minutes in games two, which went to overtime, and three, and in all but 12 of the 149 minutes in the series.

In addition to Farmer, Robert Duncan capped off his stellar season by posting 21 points, 10 rebounds, five assists and five steals.

Jackson Trapp added 14 but again struggled with his shot, hitting just 4 of 14 Friday, leaving him 5 of 23 over the final two games of the series.

YAKIMA — Jackson Trapp 4-14 4-5 14, Tony Farmer 13-23 4-10 31, Madison Higgins 4-11 0-0 11, Graham 3-7 2-2 9, Schuck 3-10 0-0 7, Robert Duncan 7-14 6-7 21, Conrad 0-4 0-0 0, Stephen Battle 5-14 2-2 13, Koshwal 1-3 2-4 4, Godfrey 1-2 0-0 3. Totals 41-102 20-30 113.

ALBANY — Shadell Millinghaus 13-24 8-10 37, Gallup 0-2 0-0 0, Joshua Cameron 7-14 5-5 24, Anthony Moe 6-12 0-0 12, Murphy 2-2 0-0 5, Darius Paul 3-6 4-6 11, Jordan Robertson 9-17 3-3 25, Steven Cunningham 5-8 0-2 10. Totals 45-85 20-26 124.

Yakima  24  27  27  35  —  113

Albany  26  29  41  28  —  124

3-Point goals—Yakima 11-41 (Higgins 3-7, Trapp 2-9, Godfrey 1-2, Graham 1-3, Duncan 1-4, Farmer 1-5, Battle 1-5, Schuck 1-6), Albany 14-26 (Cameron 5-6, Robertson 4-5, Millinghaus 3-6, Murphy 1-1, Paul 1-2, Cunningham 0-1, Gallup 0-2). Fouled out—None. Rebounds—Yakima 66 (Farmer 19, Koshwal 13, Duncan 10), Albany 45 (Millinghaus 12, Moe 11, Cunningham 10). Assists—Yakima 19 (Schuck, Duncan 5), Albany 19 (Cunningham 7). Steals—Yakima 12 (Duncan 5), Albany 12 (Millinghaus 4). Blocked shots—Yakima 2, Albany 5 (Moe 3). Turnovers—Yakima 20, Albany 17. Total fouls—Yakima 21, Albany 22. A—2,222.