Here’s the action from Basketball Mid Canterbury’s men’s A grade this week, thanks to Brian Kerr:
First game was Nomads taking on Team Donkey. Buoyed by last week’s win over Newlands, Nomads would’ve felt they were ready to handle Team Donkey.
The first quarter was messy as neither team really settled into any real pattern. The difference was just down to finishing. Team Donkey were able find the basket whereas Nomads struggled.
Team Donkey led 18–10 at the break.
The second quarter was more of the same as Team Donkey extended out their lead with Nomads almost adrift of ideas on attack. Team Donkey taking a 39–21 lead at the break.
Nomads needed a good third quarter to give themselves an opportunity. They produced their best basketball as they were able to string together offensive plays to shrink the Team Donkey lead back to 9 points by the end of the quarter. They had given themselves an opportunity trailing 54–45 coming into the fourth quarter.
All that happened was that Team Donkey just stepped it up a gear and got their running game going. Nomads simply couldn’t keep up.
It ended up being a blow out as Team Donkey cruised to an 84–53 win.
For Team Donkey Cam Butler was excellent, displaying some excellent offensive moves to finish with a game high of 27 points
Pip Johnston finished with 25 points (five 3-pointers) and led the team around the court.
For Nomads, Kody Stuthridge worked hard for his 16 points as did Tony Gilbert with 15 points.
Overall Nomads struggled with the finishing. In the first half they just couldn’t find the basket even though they had plenty of looks.
The second game was Wildlife against the College boys.
The first quarter was evenly matched as both teams went basket for basket. College pushed out early only for Wildlife to come back and square it up 22-all.
The second quarter saw a similar start, however the College defence lost some of its intensity whilst Wildlife improved theirs. They started to exploit gaps and pushed the pace back at the College team taking a 50–39 lead into the break.
The third quarter was all Wildlife’s as they continued to push hard at College. By the end of the quarter the lead had been extended 82–56. A real blow out was on the cards.
Finally in the fourth quarter College managed to get their defensive intensity back. They worked hard and managed to force turnovers as well as speeding up the game. When they matched up with six minutes to go there was still a chance but the experience of the Wildlife team was able to mitigate further damage and they ran out deserving winners 97–81.
For Wildlife, they were again led in the scoring by Emiliano Guerra with 21 points. He was excellent on the drive as the College defence struggled to shut him down. Sean Hunter dropped some nice shots for his 14 points with Xavier Bartlett (two 3-pointers) and Sam Pearce (two 3-pointers) running the guard positions well scoring 11 points apiece.
For College, Riley Sa continued on his offensive way with some super drives to the basket especially in the fourth quarter fightback. He finished with 23 points (two 3-pointers) in a tidy display. He was well supported by Jacob Swan playing his best game for the A’s ending with 13 points (one 3-pointer).
This game was down to defensive intensity. Wildlife were able to maintain it longer and got the better benefit. College did show what they could achieve when they stuck to task, however a flat second and third quarter cost them.