The Lawton-Fort Sill Cavalry will have a leading MVP candidate back in uniform when they return to Oklahoma on Sunday.
The Cavalry, who beat the Halifax Rainmen 108-104 on Thursday despite playing without top scorer DeAnthony Bowden, will have the six-foot-one guard back in the lineup when they host Game 2 of the best-of-three Premier Basketball League semifinal at 10 p.m.
Bowden averaged 17.9 points and 5.9 assists this season but didn’t travel to Halifax with the team because of “family reasons,” according to Cavalry head coach Michael Ray Richardson.
“He gives us more scoring punch,” Richardson said.
The Cavalry have not lost a game in Oklahoma all season — they’re a perfect 10-0 — and its players can’t remember the last time they tasted defeat at Great Plains Coliseum.
The club won back-to-back titles in the now-defunct Continental Basketball Association before joining the PBL last summer.
“We ain’t lost there in three years,” said Cavalry forward Tim Ellis. “It’s going to be electric in there. We’ve got to get ready … It’s a big game.”
Game 3, if necessary, will also be played in Oklahoma on Tuesday at 10 p.m.