Derby Trailblazers 115 v 90 The Sheffield College

It was a high scoring encounter at Derby College, the Trailblazers opened their season with a 115-90 win to deny a Sheffield College side looking to build on last week’s season opening win against Newcastle.

Derby came out flying and opened an early lead behind some pressing defence which led to several fast break baskets. The pace was frantic and quickly both teams seemed to find scoring very easy with the quarter ending 38-27 to the hosts.

Blake Bowman had done a lot of the damage netting 14 in the first period, while Charlie Brown stacked up a bunch of assists. Meanwhile for Sheffield, Reyad West was having an outstanding game, he matched Bowman’s early tally of 14 having scored over half of the visitors’ points.

Derby extended their lead in the second quarter, with Charlie Brown contributing 9 in the frame on the way to an eventual triple double. New additions Carl Alexander and Tayo Meade-Bramble seemed to hit the ground running, Alexander dropped a couple of threes while Meade-Bramble made a lot happen in the paint, finishing strong on a number of occasions. With both offences clicking, at the half the score was a massive 71-53.

The second half was more even and also lower scoring. Derby extended the lead into the 30s a couple of times, but Sheffield also had some runs and reduced it to 17 at one point in the fourth. That said, the game never seemed in doubt and Derby remained in control until the final buzzer.

Stuart Matimba showed out at both ends of the floor, playing his usual lock down defence and also providing a frequent offensive threat, he finished with 5 steals and 18 points. Sheffield relied on the versatile Tom Morey, he ended with 23 points and 7 rebounds.

After the game Coach Shaw commented “It was a pleasing start for us today. I was delighted with the effort and togetherness from the guys, particularly as we graduated so many EABL players last season. We have several new faces and some guys moving up from our development team so its going to take some time for them all to get on the same page, but there were a lot of positives. We have to improve defensively though, that’s for sure.”

Blake Bowman top scored for the hosts with 33, supported by Tayo Meade-Bramble with 23 points and Stuart Matimba on 18. Tom Morey led the way for Sheffield with a team high 23, with Reyad West and Harrison Bell adding 21 and 12 respectively.

Next week Derby have a trip to Myerscough while Sheffield will have to wait two weeks before their next game, also against Myerscough.

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