National Basketball League - 30.09.17

TEAM DERBY 114 – 60 CHARNWOOD COLLEGE RIDERS

Team Derby maintained their 100% start to Division Four with an emphatic victory over Charnwood College Riders on Saturday afternoon.

Following up their 115 – 47 victory over the Nottingham Hoods II last time out, Austin Anderson’s steal and ensuing fast-break lay-up had them on the scoreboard in under a minute setting up the start of the comfortable victory.

This set the tone as Derby’s high-tempo play visibly unsettled the visitors with Anderson and Dan Watts well amongst the points as the first quarter ended with the home side 31 – 16 up.

As the second quarter began it was much the same story, Anderson and Watts, the only two remaining starters, continued to combine and rack up points.

However, by the mid-point of the second quarter Derby really started to click and produced some scintillating basketball which Charnwood were simply no match for.

That shift in gear was reflected come the end of the second as Derby limited Charnwood to just 9 points in the quarter whilst plundering a further 29 themselves to leave the score a resounding 60 – 25 at the half time interval.
The withdrawal of Anderson at half time left him with a commendable 21 points to his name. His absence by no means precipitated a drop in performance levels by the hosts, as Watts and now Jo-Jo Owusu-Ansah carried the torch going forward into the third.

Watts, in particular, caught the eye here with a sublime solo dribble through the heart of the Charnwood rear-guard resulting in a further two points.

Into the fourth quarter and with the visitors flagging somewhat, Owusu-Ansah really stepped up to show his clinical edge with multiple two-pointers in quick succession to extend Derby’s lead.

This lead saw Team Derby again break into triple figures as the game finished 114 – 60, just one less point than last weekend’s haul.

Following his late push in the fourth, Jo-Jo Owusu-Ansah ended as top scorer on 31 points with Dan Watts two behind him and Austin Anderson close behind despite only seeing action in the first half.

It was a result and performance that pleased Team Derby head coach Mark Woodhouse too, who said: “It was another positive game for us, the important thing for me is we maintain high standards throughout games regardless of the score, it’s very easy if you’re up by that many at half-time to lower your standards, get complacent and allow teams back in.”

Woody, as he’s affectionately known on and off court, was also full of praise for Martins Bulans who was making his Team Derby debut. “Martins was brilliant. You forget that he’s only 18 and I think he’s going to be a really strong player for this year and the next few,” he added.

Written by Matt Abbott

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