Academy Update 7

  Thursday, January 17, 2019

Nottingham Academy Wildcats hosted the visiting Manchester Mystics Academy on Wednesday afternoon, a disappointing 3rd quarter collapse ended in 49 – 64 lose for the hosts.

A strong first half display for the Wildcats saw them up 10 in the second and go in to the half leading 29-24, behind 15 points from Shaniya Rose. The 3rd quarter saw Manchester turn the game on it’s head winning the quarter 23-1, Jade Mbam scored 11 of her game high 24 points including 3 triples in a row to change the flow of the game.

“Very proud of our first half, we looked good, shared the ball, played hard on D and controlled the tempo,” said Wildcats Head Coach Kenrick Liburd.

At times however habits can be hard to break and we struggled to stay composed and went away from the game plan in 3rd. We were pleased with 3 of the 4 quarters today and showed real improvements.”

Chloe Andrew had 22 for the visitors combining with Mbam to score 46 of the teams 64 points. Shaniya Rose ended with 19 points to pace the wildcats, supported by 9 from Fola Okunlawon and 8 from Mariam Olawoyin.

Nottingham Academy Wildcats will look to continue to strive for their first win on Wednesday Jan 23rd at home against Myerscough College, whilst Manchester will visit conference leaders Charnwood.

Source: WEABL

SGS College made the trip up North to take on the Manchester Magic Academy on Wednesday.

The Magic that got off to a blistering start behind an 11-0 run and took the first quarter 26-10. The second period was much of the same despite SGS’s Marvin Dinnall (finished with 12 points personal) with strong drives into the lane and knocking down a handful of contested pull ups. Magic took a 47-21 lead into the halftime break.

The second half was a much closer affair with SGS opening the half with a 7-2 run.  The away side were now having more success putting the ball down low where they forced themselves to the free throw line on multiple occasions. Manchester stepped up their defensive intensity towards the end of the game, which led to numerous transition points and a final score line of 77-46 for the home side.

Coach Peter Paraskeva commented after the game, ‘We know SGS like to get the ball inside and we did a pretty good job of preventing easy catches. We are definitely improving, our defensive positioning off the ball and improved defensive transition are helping us to produce more consistent performances.’

Magic were led by Ty Jordan and Dan Gargan with 14 points and Saul May chipped in with 10. SGS were led by Marvin Dinnall with 12 points and Loius Weaver how had 11.

Next week sees Magic on the road to Derby and SGS are heading back to their home floor to take on Myerscough College.

Source: EABL



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