Moulton College vs Charnwood College

Charnwood came away with an 81-67 win over Moulton on Wednesday, in a game which saw both teams field short-handed rosters due to injuries and disciplinary action.

Despite a monster game on the glass from Moulton’s George Calvey, which saw him haul in an EABL season high 24 rebounds, along with his 21 points, Charnwood’s defensive pressure proved too much as they kept their perfect 4-0 record intact.

“Even without some of their leading players Charnwood are very strong,” said Moulton Head Coach John Collins. “My players’ inability to handle the press was significant and it’s something we will have to work on.”

Charnwood’s Billy Fox top scored for his team with 19, supported by Thomas Yome and Timothy Fava’s 18 and 16 points, respectively. George Paul top scored for Moulton with 23, whilst Karan Virdee added 16 rebounds with his 6 points.

Moulton made a very hesitant start and found themselves trailing 9-1 after two minutes of play. A George Paul three pointer seemed to calm the Moulton nerves and they only trailed 14-16 after the first period of play.

The second quarter saw Charnwood extend their lead to ten points at 22-12 but with George Calvey and Karan Virdee beginning to dominate in the rebounding stakes at both end of the floor Moulton were able to drag themselves back into contention and two successful free throws from Sharif St John brought the first half to an end with Charnwood leading 34-32.

The visitors came out for the third period in an aggressive zone press defensive formation and Moulton made every error known in trying to advance the ball through it. They either over-dribbled, or threw the ball long or cross-court resulting in a number of turn-overs and easy scores for Charnwood. The Loughborough based college went on a 16-seven scoring blitz to extend their lead to 50-34 and it would have been a lot worse for Moulton had their opponents not missed a number of free throws.

Coach John Collins had taken two time outs in that third quarter in an attempt to show his players how to break the press but they remained too anxious to put the ball on the floor and get double teamed. Charnwood opened the final period of play with a 12-zero charge which extended their lead to 28 points.

With the final result now beyond doubt and the Charnwood coaching staff fielding some of their weaker players, Moulton suddenly began to pass the ball with more authority and totally dominated the final five minutes of the play to the tune of 22 points to eight and put a rather unrealistic look to the final score line.

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