Far from their best regular season, the North Carolina Coyotes can now call themselves ECBL Mid-South Conference champions. The Coyotes defeated Petersburg Cavaliers in the final 113-111 on Saturday earning themselves their first-ever league trophy.
After a 5-7 campaign, the Coyotes (8-7) have found themselves riding high on a four-game win streak ahead of the ECBL South championship game. They will face the five-time ECBL champion PrimeTime Players (14-2).
A closely contested game throughout, North Carolina Coyotes led most of the way against Petersburg. Robert Espinoza connected with a pair of threes early. At the end of one quarter the Coyotes led 36-30.
Petersburg cut that advantage to four by halftime 62-58, but by the end of the third the Coyotes lead was 90-84.
Intensity picked up in the final quarter as Petersburg opened the fram with an eight-point run capped off by a three-pointer by Kevin Barnes. The Cavs lead didn’t last long though as Deshawn High hit back-to-back threes for the Coyotes making it 97-95 with 8:11 to play.
The day belonged to Coyotes swingman Kendrick Colvin who scored a game-high 31 points. A 2019 graduate of Emmanuel College (NCAA Division II), Colvin spent part of the 2019 season in Europe with BC Mess (Luxembourg-Nationale 2).
With just :08 to play Petersburg tied the game 111-111. The Coyotes inbounded the ball with guard Kevin Williams penetrating the lane. He fed a perfect pass to a streaking Colvin who slammed dunked the game winner with :02 on the clock. A three pointer at the buzzer was no good for Petersburg whose season ended with a 8-4 record.