Published on February 11, 2014 | by David Drake0
UAL Basketball pay the price for having small squad
UAL Mens 1st 57 – 72 Medway University Mens 1st
UAL Men’s Basketball 1st team were beaten in a gripping contest by University of Medway 1st team at the John Orwell Leisure Centre
Arts were quick to get the game underway putting Medway on the back foot with an early attack, despite efforts to be first on the scoring board the attack was broken down.
Medway made their move with fast movement and an agile drive from the power forward, leaving Arts dazed and 2 – 0 down.
Arts, finding composure continued to exploit space and maintained much of the possession, however lacking in their A-game, it was posing difficult to capitalise.
Nestled deep in the opposition’s half, Arts found themselves caught out from a Medway counter. A long throw over the top saw a 2 versus 1 opportunity at the back that resulted in another two points for Medway.
A call of new tactics from the Arts coach resulted in an organised attack leaving Medway chasing shadows.
A spirited Arts managed to get some points on the board, but with the score at 8-17 to Medway it was beginning to look an uphill struggle.
However, Arts fired back, and the score margin wasn’t so significant as they ripped the Medway defence apart putting the score at 16-17 within minutes.
With a small squad, Arts began to fall victim to the rotation of Medway players, along with a lapse in concentration left them with an uphill struggle once again.
A late arrival for Arts allowed them to rotate with fresh legs, however quick countering from Medway gave them points in quick succession.
Great phases of play from Arts, including a prolific basket from late arrival Elliot Monahan – skirting around two players and leaping up to the basket, closed the score to 25-35 to Medway.
Arts’ coach, Robin Fox looked to motivational methods, chanting and banging in a bid to rally the troops on the brink of half time.
In much of the second half, Arts’ defence was left exposed as the points tallied up. Unable to keep a handle on them, Arts found themselves constantly chasing the game resulting in schoolboy errors, committing basic penalties and throwing away easy points.
A sizeable gap of 55-35 to Medway, gave them a safety net so they tried long shots and new systems.
Arts rallied but were unable to claw back the sizeable gap, resulting in a 57-72 defeat.
Arts’ Kristen Yarde said: “We tried hard, we came back at one point but unfortunately we didn’t get the win.” Yarde added: “We were a lot more vocal than in our other games.”
In spite of the substantial score line, William Brufatto of Medway, said: “We could have done more on defence and offence because we only have 72 points and we had more chances, we just didn’t take the chance.”