Derby College/Noel Baker School vs Loreto College

Derby came away with the 76-64 EABL victory over Loreto to make it four wins in a row.

It was a standout performance from Leighton Elliott-Sewell, he went to work from the start scoring 10 points in the first five minutes on his way to a game-high 33 points.

Derby established an slender early advantage and then ended the first period with a three point flourish with Essel-Jaji netting a pair from downtown and Roberts adding another to give Derby a double digit 27-17 lead.

The second quarter was a low scoring one. Both teams applied full court pressure and defended around the basket with ferocity making it difficult to find easy scores. At the half it was 41-26.

Although Derby started the third well, opening up their largest lead of the game at 47-30, Loreto then held the Trailblazers scoreless for over 5 minutes and suddenly it was game on again.

Goodall and Pearce made some nice baskets for Loreto during this spell to bring it back to 47-42. Derby turned to Ptak to stop the rot, he connected with back to back three pointers to stop the Loreto onslaught. Then an Elliott-Sewell and-1 play to finish the quarter put Derby back in control at 56-45 going into the finish period.

Loreto closed the gap in the fourth to 58-54 with 6 minutes remaining. It was then when Anumba committed an unsportsmanlike foul trying to stop a fast break which ended his game as he fouled out.

Elliott-Sewell hit both free throws and when Brown drained a three from the subsequent possession the Trailblazers were back in control. The Manchester based team continued to battle to the end, Emeke-Anyakwo kept up the pressure scoring at the basket and getting to the free throw line as he led to way for the visitors with 16.

Derby closed the game on a high, Brown made a delightful no look pass to Ptak who duly finished with a dunked.

Derby’s assistant coach Storer commented after the game:

“It’s great to go into the Christmas break with a big win over a good program like Loreto. The guys have shown brilliant togetherness in the last month, working for each other and showing a lot of desire. I think that’s what helped get us over the line again today.”

Both teams don’t play now until the New Year when Derby travel to SGS and Loreto face Birmingham Met James Watt.

Behind Elliott-Sewell’s 33, Tzion Essel-Jaji had 13, and Charlie Brown and Luke Ptak added 9 each.

Emeka-Anyakwo led Loreto with 16, whilst Josh Pearce and Bailey Goodall had 10 a piece.

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