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Barking & Dagenham Erkenwald Basketball Club

Match Report EMBL - Tuesday 8th October 2002
Erks 68 Hainault Stars 61


The Erks opened their EMBL season on Tuesday night with a deserved win against last season' s champions Hainault. Starting with guards Lee Atkinson and Dave Passacantilli, forwards Declan McCusker and Martin Overare and Ed Bailey filling the centre spot, the Erks quickly found their rhythm and ended the first quarter six points up. Significantly all of the starting five had points in the first quarter which bodes well for the rest of the season.

Despite the early promise the Erks were unable to take full control of the game and struggled to get their running game going and this meant that the seven man Hainault team were able to keep the game close through out the four quarters. Former Erk, Keith Pringle, was the most dangerous Hainault player and scored 11 out of 29 first half points including three treys.

By the end of the third quarter the Erks lead was down to 2 however the victory was sealed in the fourth as Hainault's Graham Hill fouled out and the Erks hit 10 from 12 foul shots.

Coach McCusker singled out new guard Dave Passacantilli for particular praise. Dave hit 15 points and looked confident running the floor. Mike Overare also acquitted himself well. Off the bench Nelson also showed some good offensive moves that earned him 12 points.

The next game is away to the Lakers on Friday 18th October.

Erks: Passacantilli 15, Lee Atkinson 8, Martin Overare 9, Ed Bailey 12, Declan McCusker 6, A Miranda 12, Paul Hayden 6, M Osiyemi, Pete Horrell, Alan Parker

Report posted: 10/10/02

Page Updated: Thursday, 10th October 2002