Bournville College vs Derby College/Noel Baker School

On Wednesday afternoon Bournville College overcame Noel Baker College 75-54 at home in what was a must win game for the home team, having lost the away fixture to the Derby team last week by nine.

In what was an eagerly contested affair with a high level of intensity, both teams were fighting for the third place spot in their conference with Bournville having two games yet to play including this fixture.

Bournville came out in an aggressive full court man-to-man defence, with both teams able to make plays and find scores against what would be some excellent defence at times. Bournville’s offence would just edge out Noel Baker in the first quarter with Bournville College winning the period 19 -17.

The second quarter would see Bournville continue to impose their will at the defensive end, whilst creating turnovers and opportunities to run and crash the offensive boards. Meris Mazalovic would sit out most of the first half after picking up his 2nd cheap foul after only re-entering the game with 5 minutes gone in the second period.

However, Bournville’s strength in depth would see Kuda Mubaiwa come into the game a play a significant role at the power forward spot. Other bench players would also have a significant impact on the offensive end, as Bournville cranked up the intensity at the defensive end.

Bournville’s speed and controlled early offence would start to find gaps in the Noel Baker defence for easy scores inside and it would be Bournville that went on to win the quarter 25–13, taking a comfortable 14 point lead into the half time break 44–30.

The third quarter would see Bournville’s pressure man to man continue to pay dividends as they put together continuous stops and transition opportunities. Bournville would win the quarter 25–15 behind the consistent breaking down of the Noel Baker defence by Keanen Williams, David Stevic as well as Dylan Andrews leading to a 24 point lead at the end of the third.

The fourth quarter would see both teams dig in at the defensive end of the floor, with neither team willing to give up on the game and the quarter would end 6 – 9.

“Today’s game was very pleasing for us particular making sure we covered the spread incase of any head to head situations,” Bournville Head Coach Nigel Hanson commented.

“That victory leaves us with an opportunity to come at least 3rd in our league for the second year in a row should we beat Myerscough tomorrow.

Bournville were led by 22 points from Meris Mazalovic, 20 from Kuda Mubaiwa and 12 from David Stevic.

Derby were led by Adria Amabilino’s 15 points, Brian Amabilino’s 11 and Callum Singleton with 10 points.

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