Southend Saints 77
(24 - 27; 49 - 45; 69 - 57)
In a rerun of the Essex Cup final last season, Erks prevailed victors once again. A high scoring game saw 5 Erks hit double figures, and a strong defensive effort, particularly in the 3rd quarter, saw Erks take the W.
Southend took the early initiative, but Garbage chipped in 14 first quarter points on his way to a game high 24, but the visitors held out 27 - 24 at the end of the first. With 10 players for the home side, many changes saw many runs and changes such as an 18 - 0 run for the Erks in the second quarter and a 10 - 0 run for the visitors in the same quarter but Erks dominated inside and out to maintain the lead from the second quarter to the end of the game.
Despite many close scores throughout, Erks, once again went to Church, The Guru, McCusker, Mark & Scarlet for the whole of the third quarter which proved decisive. Whilst the experience Erks 5 held the visitors to only 12 points, a run in the 4th drew the lead back to 10, until Mark hit 11 points in a minute on 4 consecutive offences to retake the initiative, and the game.
Mark 22; Twinkle Toes 2; The Guru 10; Scarlet 21; Craig Pringle 2; Bam Bam 10; Garbage 24; Declan, Robin, Martin
Erks now face Baddow and Brightlinsea at home for the next 2 Thursdays.
Report posted: 07/11/06