After beginning the season with two wins, the King’s Monarchs men’s basketball team was excited to begin the home portion of its schedule as it welcomed the Albright Lions into the remodeled Scandlon Gymnasium on Tuesday night. Unfortunately for the Monarchs, the game did not go as planned as the Lions used their second half dominance to defeat the Monarchs 103-74. With the win, Albright improves to 3-0 on the young season, while the Monarchs drop to 2-1. The win was also the eighth in a row for the Lions in the series. This was also the first time the Monarchs allowed 100 or more points since being defeated 112-106 to Carnegie Mellon in last season’s Monarch Classic. 

Trailing by four coming out of the locker room, the Lions used a 23-6 run to open up a 21-point lead that it would never relinquish, as the Monarchs would never get closer than 17 points for the remainder of the game.

The Lions also had another long run of points in the game as it had a 19-3 run early in the game while trailing 5-4. The Monarchs answered this run with their own 21-6 run, sparked by a pair of threes from Keyton Winder, who recorded 12 of his game-high 20 points during that stretch. Albright built the lead back to double digits before the Monarchs closed the half on a 7-0 run.

In addition to his 20 points, Winder was 9-of-12 from the field and pulled down five rebounds in 20 minutes off the bench. Sophomore Tim O’Shea was the only other Monarch to reach double figures, recording 10 points along with three rebounds and three assists.

Reuell Moore was one of five scorers to total double figures for the Lions as he finished with a team-high 19 points and 5-of-7 from beyond the arc off the bench. Lions senior guard David Singleton recorded a double-double notching 14 points and pulled down a game-high 14 boards. Pedro Perez notched 16 points and Zach Benjamin chipped in with 12 points and 5 rebounds to lead the balanced Lions scoring attack. Albright also shot 15-of-28 from three.

This was not the way the Monarchs wanted to begin their home season, as Albright came in and overwhelmed the Monarchs with their speed and lights-out shooting. The Monarchs’ upcoming schedule features two more home games as they host Muhlenberg College on Monday, Nov. 26 and then open up Freedom Conference play on Wednesday, Nov. 28 against Delaware Valley College. The home game of the fall semester will be Monday, Dec. 3 at 7 p.m. against Penn State Hazleton.