UEL Men's Basketball 3rd Team ease past Hertfordshire's 2nd
UEL Men’s Basketball 3rd Team ease past Hertfordshire’s 2nd
UEL Men’s 3rd team went in to this, their second fixture of the season, off the back of a defeat at the hands of Canterbury Christ Church University by a slim 3-point margin.
UEL won the tip off, trying to assert early dominance over the game, however almost immediately conceded a point from the free throw line, which would turn out to be a recurring theme throughout the remainder of the game.
The teams remained level around halfway through the first quarter, in part due to Hertfordshire not capitalising by missing the majority of their free throws. UEL made the most of this by taking the lead for the first time after seven minutes played to make the score 11-9. The timeout which followed seemed to benefit UEL, with the home team extending their lead, ending the quarter at 21-17.
The second quarter began with a scrappy couple of minutes, with neither team recording any points, before some Hertfordshire free throws saw the away team creeping up on UEL. The UEL team kept the game out of reach of their opponents by scoring a number of two pointers, gradually increasing their lead as the quarter drew on. The half-way point of the game came about with the score at 40-27 to the home side.
The third quarter began just as tightly contested as the two previous. However, some individual skill from UEL players proved too much for the opposition, improving the lead to 20 points. The third quarter concluded with a smooth, well-worked 3-point throw for UEL on the buzzer. The home side had crept to a 19 point lead at the end of the third.
Some counter-attacking plays from UEL in the fourth quarter saw them cope with the Hertfordshire pressure very effectively, even stretching their lead in the process. Some more individual skill could be seen in this period of play, which the on looking crowd more than appreciated.
The final score of 77-51 at the conclusion of the fourth quarter was met with appreciative applause from all in attendance, getting UEL 3rd team off the mark in the league this year.
Reporting by Lewis McKean