The Thoroughbreds came out sluggish. The Builders did not.
And that was the difference in the ball game Friday night as Apprentice handed Blue Lights its first loss of the men's basketball season, 81-69 in Elizabeth City.
The Builders (1-0) opened up a 28-2 lead in the first minutes with a very effective fast break while the Herd struggled to get warmed up, something coach Mario Pharr saw in Tuesday's season opener as well as in some preseason games.
"It's hard to recover from that deficit against a well-coached team," said Pharr. "The reason we were down so much was transition defense, which we haven't had problems with until today."
BLC (1-1) trailed by as many as 24 points but began to chip away toward halftime, cutting the deficit to 43-23. But the hole was too deep to completely dig out of.
Anthony Hill, Jr. led the Thoroughbreds with 17 points, 15 in the second half. Darian Williams added 11, all after halftime.
"I love the fight and resilience until the last second," Pharr added. "This game was definitely an eye opener. We have work to do!"
They won't have much time to do it though, as the Lights face Mid-Atlantic Christian Saturday afternoon at 4:00.