Coming off a strong missed training session the previous Thursday as he went drinking with fellow nurses, Ed Bailey inspired the comeback of the season from the bench by doing the visual score for almost the entire game.
A disastrous first half saw the Erks failing to make a mark on the game. Only Mark Denchfield and Martin Overare could find any scoring rhythm hitting 10 and 8 first half points respectively. Turnovers cost the Erks dear as they fell behind 43 - 26 at half time with Spitfire's point guard Waugh hitting 21 first half points.
A change of defensive strategy from the Erks in the second half putting pressure on the main Spitfires scorer from Dela Agbolegbe and Gareth Sims eventually paid dividends as Erks chipped away at the lead. Mark Denchfield once again came up with the points hitting 4 of his 6 three pointers in the second half. Ed Bailey continued to be strong on the visual score board from the bench.
With 2 minutes to go and erks trailing 70 - 61, it still looked a tall order but free throws and scores from Mark, Martin and, eventually Garbage Time Dave gave Erks a one point lead with 30 seconds to go. A defensive foul by Martin put Waugh on the line but when he hit 1 to tie the game, Martin made up for his foul by hitting a game winning drive with seconds to go.
Ed was tough.
Mark Denchfield 28, Martin Overare 18, Dave Churches 9, Lee Atkinson 6, Jon Lee 6, Declan McCusker 4, Gareth Sims 2, Dela Agbolegbe. Ed - tough on the bench.
Report posted: 27/11/04