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Barking & Dagenham Erkenwald Basketball Club

Match Report Tuesday 24th February 2004
Erks 71 Met Police 67

A great comeback from the 6 man Erks against a much bigger Met Police team gave the Erks their fourth win in a row in the London Met League.

Whilst the Met Police fielded 7 players, 2 of whom were over 6ft 6" and another 3 above 6ft 3", the Erks team consisting of 4 guards below 5ft 10" and 2 forwards of 6ft and 6ft 1" prevailed as they dug in and battled back to for a hard earned win.

The police went out to a solid lead in the first quarter with a 9 - 0 run at the end to finish the quarter leading 17 - 10. The twin towers of Luke Saxton and ex England International Rob Harper, with a combined height advantage of over a foot over their defenders Martin Overare and Declan McCusker looked to be the determining factor and the police continued to look to pump the ball inside to try to take advantage. The introduction of Craig Morris saw the Erks pick up offensively but the police held their offensive composure to take a lead of 39 - 27 into the half.

The third quarter proved to be decisive when the Erks held the police to just 9 points and scored 26 of their own as John Kimani and Craig Morris proved unstoppable combining for 22 third quarter points. Dela Agbolege chipped in with the other 4 in the quarter.

At the start of the fourth quarter, the police switched to a man to man defence but Chris Olufeso and Craig Morris controlled the play and with Chris holding the main scoring threat of the police (Bente) to just 4 points in the final quarter, Erks held on for a well deserved victory.

Although Craig Morris and John Kimani combined for 60 of Erks 71 points, a great defensive effort all round against all the odds ensured an all round team effort gave Erks the victory.

Erks scorers:
Declan McCusker; Chris Olufeso 2; Craig Morris 32; Martin Overare 5; John Kimani 28; Dela Agbolegbe 4

Report posted: 25/02/04

Page Updated: Wednesday, 25th February 2004