James Watt College 78 v 70 SGS College

The first game of the new season for James Watt College was always going to involve a number of adjustments with only three returning players from a year ago, but they still held on for a 78-70 victory over a dogged SGS College.

The first quarter saw JWC jump out to a great start, establishing an 8-1 lead in the first few minutes of play. SGS slowly gathered pace and rallied behind Arnold Larkin who scored the away team’s first 9 points with some strong and persistent inside moves. SGS fought back from there, trading baskets with James Watt as the quarter finishing 19-18 to the hosts.

The battle continued as both teams traded blows and neither side was able to pull too far ahead. SGS dominated the boards, which helped to keep them in contention as JWC continued to press. Following a 16-14 quarter to the hosts, the game was well balanced at 35-32 by the half.

In the 3rd quarter, SGS continued their dominance inside with Larkin again getting his team going with 6 straight points. JWC needed Ian Rodriguez to come up big in reply and 9 points in the quarter proved to be crucial as Nassim Ladjimi hit a trio of 3 pointers, including two back to back to help SGS win the quarter 16-19 and tie the game up going into the last.

In the final quarter, Josh Ijeh and Ian Rodriguez took over for James Watt, much to the relief of the home side. Finding a flow on offence, JWC scored with ease thanks to some stellar inside play by Ijeh and the sharp shooting of Rodriguez. Ijeh scored on 4 straight possessions, showing his new found repertoire of moves. SGS battled throughout the quarter but Rodriguez and Ijeh were too much to handle, backed up by some tough defence from the Birmingham squad. James Watt went on a run at the end of the game to win a tough first outing and a stiff lesson for the newcomers in their squad.

Following their 4th quarter antics Ian Rodriguez and Josh Ijeh top scored for JWC with 27 and 19 points respectively, as Wakeem Richardson chipped in 19 more. Nassim Ladjimi dropped 20 for SGS, as teammates Arnold Larkin (15 points) and Marvin Dinnall (10 points) both made it to double digits as well.

James Watt’s next game will be away to Manchester Magic Academy in three weeks time, whilst SGS will look to get their first win of the season next week as they host the 0-2 Newcastle Eagles.

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