A depleted Met Police team of 5 players upset the Erks for their first loss in this season's Founders Cup competition. Erks only have themselves to blame as victory was theirs for the taking on several occasions but some poor finishing, together with a top shooting performance from the visitors, has left the Southern group open again.
The Police went out to an early lead of 9 - 5 before 3 three pointers from Mark Denchfield and two from Shab Niaz saw the Erks take a 21 - 16 lead at the end of the first quarter. Erks maintained the lead and increased it to 12 points mid way through the second quarter before the police went on a 15 - 4 run to close the gap. Martin Overare and Garbage Time Dave hit a bucket each to give Erks a half time lead of 43 - 39.
The third quarter saw baskets traded between the sides as Erks went into the fourth quarter leading 59 - 54. Garbage & Ed then pulled the lead to 63 - 54 before Erks had a disastrous 5 minutes where the Police went on a 19 - 2 run to take a 73 - 65 lead. A three pointer from Shab and two more baskets from Garbage pulled the gap to one point and with seconds remaining, Garbage was fouled and went to the line for two free throws. Having missed the first, he hit the second and sent the game into overtime at 73 - 73.
Early scores went to the Police but Erks hit four successive free throws (2 each from Martin & Dela) to take a 78 - 77 lead. However, Erks failed to score again and police hit 5 free throws and a lay up to land the "W".
Erks now await the findings of the competitions officer of the game between Lambeth and Erks which didn't take place as a result of misunderstandings over the date and venue. This could now be crucial in determining the outcome of the group.
Erks host Richmond on 6 March at 3.00 pm as their final home game.
Mark Denchfield 18 (6 three pointers), Dela Agbolegbe 2, Martin Overare 19, Steve Herd 2, Ed Bailey 4, John Powell 2, Shab Niaz 9, Garbage Time Dave 20
Report posted: 14/02/05