Derby College/Noel Baker School vs SGS College
- Updated: February 28, 2017
A strong second half helped Derby come from behind to win 80-67 against SGS College this exciting EABL encounter. It was a victory that helped Derby secure their place in the post season with a 6-4 record with two games still to play.
SGS started out the brightest with some excellent early play and good team basketball. Despite two Sam Coles baskets from behind the arc for Derby it was SGS power forward Edu that did a lot of early damage, scoring around the basket and in transition as he scored 10 of SGS’s points as they bounced out to 24-20 first quarter lead.
Both teams applied full court pressure defence which resulted in an exciting, high paced game. Derby started the second quarter with a 9-0 run to take the lead sparked by 5 quick points from Singleton, but SGS responded well through Ekwegh’s back to back baskets and the period went back and forth as both teams held the lead several times. Edu ended the half with a basket on the buzzer to give SGS a 41-45 lead, Edu had 20 personal at the half.
Despite some good outside shooting from Samuels and Witter for SGS, the visitors struggled to find their first half offensive form after the break. Meanwhile, Derby’s point guard Jrae Lue took control of the game (he ended with 9 points, 5 steals and 6 assists) as Derby cranked up the pressure. With the score at 49-54, Adria Amabilino netted 10 points on his own to swing the 5 point advantage into Derby’s favour. It proved critical as it was to be a lead Derby would not surrender despite SGS best efforts.
Derby’s Amabilino twins both ended with double doubles as their good form continues (Adria 22 & 10, Brian 17 & 11), while Ptak (8 & 7) and Alexander (8 & 5) also made big contributions for the Trailblazers. Coles made double figures with 10 points, Lue 9 and Singleton 6.
SGS scorers were Edu 22, Khan 9, Ekwegh 9, Samuels 9, Witter 8 Stocks 5, Corey 3, Haines 2.
Derby’s Coach Shaw commented:
“It was a really good game of basketball, two sides working hard and trying to force errors and make life difficult for one another. I was pleased with how we responded after half time. We played much better defence. For the second week running we really dug in down the stretch defensively, limiting them to very few easy looks and that was very pleasing.”
Derby are back on court in 24 hours with Bournville College visiting tomorrow (March 2). With a return visit away to Bournville next Wednesday and play-off spots confirmed both teams will be jockeying for play off places. Meanwhile, SGS end the season hosting Allerton next Wednesday.