Derby College/Noel Baker School vs Bournville College

Derby made it three EABL wins in 9 days as they beat Bournville College 81-72 in a rare Thursday evening league game.

With both sides having played the night before it always likely to be a scrappy defensive battle and the first quarter certainly appeared that way. Derby opened up with a 6-0 run behind deep shots from Singleton and Brian Amabilino, but Bournville bounced back with a 10-0 run of their own to lead 6-10. Next it was Derby with a 10-0 burst as Coles netted 8 points for the hosts before being forced to the side lines for the rest of the game with an injury. The quarter ended 16-13 Derby.

The second quarter belonged to Bournville as Ramsdale-Owen scored 11 personal to help give the west midland outfit the lead. A pair of three pointers from Manchev helped Derby stay in touch and Adria Amabilino began to find the score sheet too as the Trailblazers nudged back ahead. But Ramsdale-Owen’s buzzer beating 3 put Bournville up 37-39 at the break.

The second half continued in a similar pattern as it swayed back and forth with both teams applying a lot of full court pressure and creating fast break points and turnovers. In the half court, scoring was not as easy, although Mazalovic showed some excellent post passing as he had 4 assists in the third period alone. Each team held the lead but Bournville ended the period on a 16-4 tear to open up a 56-65 advantage going into the final period.

It was to be another fantastic fourth quarter for Derby as they once again came from behind to take the spoils. Singleton and Brian Amabilino scored seven and six points respectively as the hosts started the final period with a 13-2 run. With the scoreboard locked at 69-69 during a sequence of several defensive stops, it was Manchev’s back to back buckets with 2 minutes remaining that gave Derby a decisive lead. Adria Amabilino made four from the line as Bournville tried to foul to get back into the game but Derby held them of for an important win.

After the game Derby Coach Matt Shaw said:

“I was thrilled with how the guys showed a lot of heart to dig in when things weren’t going our way. Bournville are always hard to play against and have some good players.

“Again, we produced our best defence at the end of the game. We’ve been very tough down the stretch lately and that bodes well for us as we enter the post season. We shot 21 from 22 from the foul line, that was massive for us today. Apart from a few injuries and knocks to some of our guys we are doing really well. It’s been a great 9 days for us.”

Derby play their final EABL league game when they face off again against Bournville on Wednesday in the West Midlands before Bournville complete the regular season with a visit to Myercough the following day. Both sides will have an eye on a potential home game in the play offs.

Derby were led by 22 from Brian Amabilino, 19 from Adria Amabilino, Callum Singleton with 16, and Martin Manchev 15,

Bournville were by led by Nathan Ramsdale Owen’s 21, Xavier McIntosh with 15, Meris Mazalovic 12, and David Stevic with 10.

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