Week 5: Game Reports

University of Worcester Men’s 1st 88-76 Anglia Ruskin University Men’s 1st

Worcester started the game in style with a drive from Wifrid Santhe who dished it off to the cutting Thomas Grayling for the two handed flush. From that point on the team didn’t look back.

A strong effort from Anglia’s Ruskin’s guard Sam Horvath (35pts), wasn’t enough to stop an undermanned Worcester team. Another good performance from Evan Longman off the bench earned him Game Night MVP honours for his double double.

Coach Dean was happy with the win. “it’s always good to get a win, when you’re not at full strength. It show’s the depth in our squad. Which is important when we’re competing in two leagues.”

Matei Balteanu 21pts

Evan Longman 16pts

Wilfrid Santhe 14pts, Thomas Grayling 14pts

University of Worcester Women 68-41 Oxford Women’s 1st

After a long anticipated return, University of Worcester Womens basketball is back!

The Womens 1st team began there campaign with a strong performance over a valiant Oxford side. Strong scoring performance from , and allowed Worcester to to see out the entire game never trailing behind.

A BUCS debut for June Bolinaga however would steal the show, as she announced herself onto the main stage contributing 11pts and working tirelessly on defence.

Coach Kieran added

“I’m extremely happy with the girls today! Being low on numbers the ladies proved that it’s not about the size of the dog, but the fight in the dog that counts. We will take this win and look forward to next week to do it all over again.”

Carolina Marquez 16pts

Kacey Cox 14 pts

Charlotte Finn 12pts

University Worcester Men’s 2 76 vs 73 Nottingham Trent Men’s 2

Worcester Men’s 2nd team progressed in the Midlands Conference Cup after a pulsating game at the University of Worcester Arena.

Ben Bedgood ignited the game with back to back 3s that provided the fast start Coach Fisher had focused on after the initial series of games. This start meant Worcester had a 10+ pt lead for most of the game, with Thiago Bastos scoring inside showing we’ll on his season debut,  Bruno Garcia and Keon Dunphy produced energetic displays that allowed Worcester to stretch the lead to 16 as the game entered the final quarter.

Nottingham Trent continued to fight and there desire rattled the 2nds as they searched for their opening win of the season, however Ben Curran marshalled the team home in a frenetic final few minutes to leave the home crowd jubilant as the clock expired to welcome a home win.

Coach Fisher says “the game flow showed the strengths and development areas for the team. The control and team basketball we showed for large periods was excellent. We made good decisions, extra passes which enabled us to compete. The final quarter will provide learning, but also confidence that we learn how to win. The team spirit was excellent, the bench tremendous, but overall the desire to compete provided the winning effort.

Thiago Bastos – 20pts

Keen Dunphy – 16pts

Ben Bedgood – 15pts

Bruno Garcia – 10pts

University of Worcester Men’s 3 53-86 University of Wolverhampton Men’s 1

Going into the game the 3rds got of to a slow start leaving it to be 15-25 at the end of the 1st. Wolverhampton were a very tough team, and throughout the whole game continued to run and dominate in the paint.

Coach Shanice adjusted her defence but sadly Wolverhampton came back with 3 back to back 3s. As the game went on the lead got greater. The guys fought and continued to compete, holding Wolverhampton to 12 in the 4th. Unfortunately it was too little too late. Coach Shanice said ” Wolverhampton are a strong team and so they should be. I’m happy that we competed for all four quarters and didn’t give up. If we have that attitude, competitiveness and fight in the league then we will do well.”

Karvanni Spooner 12pts

Harvey Young 7pts

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