U14 Boys East of England Conference National League
County Upper U14’s Travelled to Chelmsford for their second away game of the season to face the Chelmsford Lions. In a game where the scoreline did not reflect the game which took place, CU battled hard and although were leading at half time were unable to hold on for the win.
The first quarter started slow for County Upper as they let the home team start with 1 – 7 run shortly followed by a 3 – 6 run opening a quick 7 point lead 6 – 13 for the home team. CU began to wake up with 4 minutes to go in the quarter finishing with a 4 – 2 run to bring the lead down to 7 points 8 – 15.
In the second quarter County Upper began to play some great defence and offencive possessions as they clawed back the home teams lead to just 1 point 18 – 19 with 6 minutes left in the quarter. Continuing their momentum CU tied the score with a layup from Ethan Doward and with 4 minutes to go pushed a head from a layup by Lewis French. Both teams traded baskets for the remainder of the quarter with County Upper taking a 2 point lead into halftime 31 – 29.
The second half started fast for Chelmsford as they were quick out of the blocks and caught CU sleeping as they stormed into a 7 point lead off the back of a 6 – 15 run 37 – 44. County Upper woke up and traded baskets for the remainder of the quarter but finished with CU down by 8 points 41 – 49.
CU were unable to find a way back into the game as they traded baskets with Chelmsford for the whole of the 4th quarter. The game finished 54 – 64 to the home team.
Coach Johnson said this after the game “today was a tough loss, we had moments were our defence and offence looked really good and where Chelmsford had no answer, but also times where we were very sloppy both offensively and defensively which allowed the home team to take advantage. As our players fully adjust to having a new coach and to the new system we are implementing i am very confident that we will be become a very strong team”.
County Upper were lead in scoring by Ethan Doward with 16 points and supported by Lewis French, Issac Campbell, CoreyMoye, and Michael all with 8 points each.
County Upper are next in action on the 15th October when they take on the undefeated Milton Keynes Trojans at home. The game is scheduled to start at 2pm.
U16 Boys East of England Conference National League
County Upper U16 Boys travelled to Chelmsford this weekend to play a strong Lions team without their leading scorer Josh Hales and Luca beadle due to injuries. In a very tough game the young CU team battled hard but were unable to compete with the experienced Lions team. Although they fought hard CU ended the game on the wrong end of a 41 – 87 score line.
County Upper took a while to get into the game without the presence of Josh and Luca, but all players began to find their feet midway through the second quarter. While CU were finding their feet Chelmsford took advantage opening the game with a 8 – 30 first quarter performance. It was during the second quarter where County Upper gradually started to adjusted. The Lions started the first 5 minutes of the 2nd quarter with an 8 – 0 run, but then CU began to compete finishing the quarter with a tied score line 8 point to 8 points. Going into half time County Upper were down 16 – 48.
The second half was again a game of two halves as the young CU side started the 3rd quarter slow letting Chelmsford to take advantage extending their lead to 20 – 69. In the last quarter County Upper again began to play good defence and offence allowing them to win the quarter 21 – 16.
Coach Johnson said this after the game “for such a young team to face a solid programme like Chelmsford without two of our influential players was always going to be hard. I think this was a great opportunity for our younger players to develop more and to take more of a lead with our new offence and defence. With all but one player a year young we are gaining a lot of experience from this season and learning valuable lessons. The future is looking bright for this group of players, and I am really enjoying this opportunity in teaching them the game of basketball”.
County Upper were lead in scoring by Patrick Laycock with 15 points and supported by Phil Ennis-Bugg with 8 points.
County upper Will be next in action this weekend when they take on Thurrock Hornets at home. This game is scheduled to start at 4pm.