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Basketball 1st Storming Win Over UWE

Basketball 1st Storming Win Over UWE 

UEL men’s basketball first team stormed to a convincing 81-46 victory over the University of West England at SportsDock on Wednesday afternoon. UEL came into the match third in the table, after a 122-92 victory over Bath last week, whilst UWE sat fifth after a narrow 82-89 defeat to Southampton Solent.

Straight from the tip-off, UEL showed their intent after creating two chances almost immediately which saw the ball come back of the rim of the basket. For a while the match was deadlocked with the score standing at 12-12, but after UWE missed a free throw opportunity the hosts capitalised and started to create some daylight between the two sides.

A stand out figure for UEL was Tim Shodipo who was very influential from the start. His scoring ability and driving runs into the key were crucial in helping UEL get their noses in front. After Alex Scotland-Williams scored a great rebound the first quarter concluded with UEL leading 20-12. UEL began the second quarter the better side, with Shodipo grabbing two three-pointers and a good lay-up to extend UEL’s lead to 28-15. However, UWE’s Austin Hill converted a couple of superb three-point shots to keep the hosts from falling further behind.

Before half time UWE clawed back a couple of points courtesy of Jordan Daniels from free throws, before UEL’s Scott Pizor and Myles Laurent-Smart scored to give UEL a 36-24 lead at the midway point.  Overall, Shodipo for UEL and Hill for UWE were very impressive for the duration of the first two quarters. UEL worked hard to get a 12-point lead, but UWE were certainly not out of the match yet. Shortly into the third quarter, UEL extended their lead as Matthew Ponce won possession before driving at the basket to score, before Jonathan Foulds added to the tally of three pointers. UEL now had a 41-24 lead which was extended as the quarter went on by baskets from Shodipo and Laurent-Smart. UWE did not lie down however, and converted two three pointers for themselves.

With the third quarter coming to an end, the hosts improved their chances of a win when Pizor, Kevin Mayo and Junior Natty saw UEL hold a 56-37 lead heading into the final quarter. UEL found some momentum and began to storm into a big lead. Shodipo and Foulds added to their impressive scoring tallies for the day, whilst Seun Olaofe got in the scoring act after which the board showed 77-43 to the home side. UWE won three free throws and scored them all to grab some consolation points. Just seconds before the finish, UEL’s Filippo Ampomah scored a fantastic rebound to take his side past the 80-point mark, and give them a resounding 81-46 victory.
When it came to it UEL were more clinical in front of the basket, and showed a real team effort to get a positive result. UWE are yet to pick up a win this season but displayed great passages of interplay in and around the key at times which is a positive to take from the game.

Next up for UEL a trip to Oxford next week, whilst UWE travel to the University of Bath.

Match report by Sam Few