Bournville College vs SGS College

On Wednesday afternoon Bournville College overcame SGS College 79-47 at home in what was an eagerly contested affair.

The final score was not reflective of the game with both teams playing showing the highest level of intensity one could imagine on the defensive side of the ball.

The road team came to Birmingham having lost to Bournville in the reverse fixture in October and off the back of an excellent display against Myerscough the previous week. Bournville came in to the game after claiming a difficult victory versus Loreto the week before. Bournville College went into the game knowing a victory would put them on a record of 4 wins and 4 losses for the season and back in contention for a play-off spot.

Both teams came out in an aggressive man to man defence that would see both teams struggling to finish plays around the rim. SGS had clear control of the tempo of the game as Bounville players continually failed to make tough scores at the basket. Bournville would also have to deal with the added problem of their top big man, Meris Mazalovic, picking up two early fouls. The first quarter would end 15 – 13 to the home team.

The second quarter would see Bournville continue to struggle to find their offensive form as SGS controlled the tempo of the game with various defensive looks including a full court press aimed at slowing the Bournville guards down. Meris Mazalovic would sit out most of the second quarter after picking up his 3rd having only re-entering the game with 5 minutes gone in the second.

However, Bournville’s strength in depth would see Tarik Hadzikic come into the game and play a significant role at the centre position. Other bench players would also have a significant impact as Bournville cranked up the intensity at the defensive end. Bournville’s speed and controlled early offence would start to find gaps in the SGS defence for easy scores inside and it would be Bournville that went on to win the quarter 16–13, taking a slim 5 point lead into the half time break 51–26.

The third quarter would see Bournville’s pressure man to man start to pay dividends and they would get continuous stops and transition opportunities leading to easy scores and fouls. Bournville would win the quarter 22–16 behind the consistent breaking down of the SGS defence by Keanen Williams, David Stevic, as well as Dylan Andrews, leading to an 11 point lead at the end of the third.

The fourth quarter would see the constant pressure defence and sheer pace on offence of Bournville College finally break the SGS resistance. Bourville’s constant rotation of players would see them start to pull away from SGS in what would be their largest margin of victory in a quarter; Bournville eventually opening up a significant 32 point lead taking the fourth period 26–5.

“The score doesn’t reflect the actual game and I’m very proud of the level of character and mental toughness our guys showed in getting the victory,” Bournville Head Coach Nigel Hanson said.

“SGS are a very young team and will clearly be a significant challenger next season as they continue to develop. For our part, we feel now is the time and that win puts us in a good position. Our goal is to win our last four games and get home court in the first round of the play-offs; and its all in our hands.”

Bournville were led by Xavier McIntosh’s 18 points, Keanen Wiliams’ 16 point and David Stevic’s 11 points.

SGS were led by 21 points from AJ Edu, with 10 from Lewis Pettitt and 5 from Fitzgerald.

Bournville next play Allerton on the 1st March whilst SGS are at home to Loreto on 22nd February.

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