Derby Trailblazers Academy 109 v 84 SGS College

Both teams entered this game with a 1-1 record in the EABL, it was Derby who came away with their second win of the season in another high scoring game at Derby College, taking the contest 109 – 84.

The Trailblazers racked up 33 first quarter points to open up an early lead they would never surrender. Blake Bowman had three dunks in the early going including a nice alley hoop from a Matimba pass on the fast break as he created his own first half highlight reel. Bramble-Meade and Matimba combined for several steals to help Derby create a handful of breakaway lay-ups early on.

In a fast-paced game, Ladjimi and Dinnall helped keep the scoreboard ticking for SGS, both showing their abilities to score from behind the arc and around the basket. By the half SGS had tallied 45 points. But the Trailblazers had not slowed down much, they had 24 in the second quarter to take a 57-45 lead into the interval.

The second half was slightly lower scoring as both teams tried to stifle the opposing offensive onslaught. Derby found a spark off the bench in Prospere who drained a couple of threes on his way to double figures.

SGS continued to hang around and for long periods the game remained quite close. Derby always seemed in control but couldn’t entirely shake the SGS threat. However, the Trailblazer eventually went on a 10-0 fourth quarter run to open up some breathing space and closed out the game with their largest lead of the day to win 109-84.

For Derby, Bowman had an impressive 38 points including 4/5 from behind the arc and several high-flying plays near the basket. Matimba and Meade-Bramble got it done at both ends of the floor, they each finished with 17 points. SGS were led by Dinnall’s 20-point haul, he was supported by Ladjimi 15, Woodward 14 and Browne 12.

Both teams now have a few weeks without EABL games.

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