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Barking & Dagenham Erkenwald Basketball Club

North East District U15
London Regional Finals
18th / 19th May 2002

Words by Coach McCarthy.

In our first game we came out a bit slow but so did they and few baskets were exchanged as they sat back in a zone and our man 2 man was stopping the one man threat they had on court. After our guys warmed up we began to find the gaps in the zone and hit the open shots and took a slim lead and were looking quite comfortable as both teams began to exchange baskets. With only 2 seconds left on the clock and 1point up we looked certain for a deserved victory. Then a lapse in concentration, a bad inbounds pass, straight to the opposition and they score on the break to win by one point - gutted!!

The boys were a bit disheartened after the manner of their first defeat and found themselves down by 10 in the 1st quarter of the second game. But determined to make up for their mistake in the last game they dug deep on defence and worked hard to pull back and go in 2 up at half time against a much better side. The second half was a very close encounter with both teams exchanging the lead knowing that victory would take them to the next round. Then the final seconds a dubious no call and bad transition defence saw the opposition break and score an easy basket to lead by 2points with only seconds remaining. Our final possession of the game saw yet another 'no call' on the drive to the basket and an agonisingly close 3point attempt as we lost by 2points in another closely fought game.

Although disappointed to not have won a single if not both games, for most of the boys this was their first taste of competitive basketball and should all be commended on their performance. A special contgratulations must go to Louis Terry of St Edwards School who was selected to represent the London Regional Team at National Competition.

Most impressive Erks players were Ernest Tagoe and Dare Toye who caused problems for the opposition under the boards with their strength and size advantages. Ryan David also showed some good hard work ethics up and down the court and although 3point shooting specialist Toby Kallar was disappointed he didn't have as much of an impact on the game as we know he can, he began to show some maturity in his shot selection.

Posted: 15/06/02

Quick Poll
Who was the Erks MVP v Bristol Bombers on Sat. 9th March, 2002?
Dave Churches 25.3%
Lee McCarthy 22.8%
Dela Agbolegbe 20.3%
Declan McCusker 13.9%
Chris Olufeso 6.3%
Paul Hayden 6.3%
Roy Roof 2.5%
Irfan Hussain 1.3%
Shab Niaz 1.3%

Total votes: 79

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