U14 Boys National League East of England Conference
Back at home against a young Chelmsford Lions Team County Upper continued their dominant performance in the second half of their last game and put together a blistering 102 – 15 win over the visitors.
The first quarter saw CU start with mixed reactions as their defence locked Chelmsford up for 0 points in the first 5 minutes, while their offence slowly crawled to 10 points. As the quarter progressed County Uppers offence began to wear down the visitors as they gradually increased their lead finishing the 1st quarter up 19 points 25 – 6.
The second quarter was a continuation of the first as the home team kept up the pressure defensively and offensively holding the visitors to 7 points while scoring 31 of their own and increasing their lead to 43 points leading into half time 56 – 13.
The second half saw CU rotate the bench a lot more with the younger players getting more game time. While the offence stalled slightly their defence continued to be a huge factor in the game as they managed to keep the visitors scoreless for the whole of the third quarter while scoring 19 points them selves.
The last quarter saw County Upper continue to play solid defence limiting the chances Chelmsford had on target while scoring became more frequent as they held the visitors to just 2 points in the forth and 2 points for the whole of the second half.
County Upper were lead in scoring by Michael Lacey and supported by Lewis French with 16 points and Freddie Barber, Eithan Doward, Corey Moye and Anthony House who all scored 10 points each.
CU will next be in action on the 5th November when they are away to Braintree Blue Devils.
U14 Girls VS Northants Lightning National League East of England Conference
Playing their second game in 6 weeks County Upper U14 girls took to the the floor against Northants Lighting. In a game where the home team had a shaky start they finally managed to find their feet and pull out a deserved 57 – 41 win.
With Northants playing their 4th game in six weeks they were the better team in the first quarter, making it hard for the home team to find the basket. While CU’s offence struggled, only scoring 8 points in the quarter their defence was very good keeping them in the game by holding Northants to only 9 points in the quarter.
The second quarter started a bit faster with both teams scoring in transition. While County Upper still struggling to find their rhythm on offence they were able to continued playing tough defence limiting Northants to just 10 points while scoring 14 points of their own. Heading into halftime CU held a small 3 point lead 22 – 19.
The second half started with County Upper playing fully awake both defensively and offensively allowing the home team to pull away and extend their lead to 8 points off the back of a 9 – 4 run 31 – 23. Continuing with their momentum CU extended their lead to 12 points 40 – 28 by the end of the 3rd quarter.
The 4th quarter started in the same way as the 3rd quarter finished with County Upper playing good offence and defence continuing with a 12 – 4 run and increasing their lead to 20 points 52 – 32 before turning to bench and letting their younger players gain valuable playing time.
County Upper were lead in scoring by Alex Popova with 22 points and was supported by Georgia Tansley and Lizzy Sanders with 10 and 8 points respectively
CU will next be in action on the 5th November when they take on Ipswich at home.
U16 Boys VS Brentwood Leopards II National League East of England Conference
With nearly a full team the young County Upper U16’s took on Brentwood Leopards II in Bury St Edmunds this weekend. With Luca Beable back from injury and Partick Laycock back from his travels CU looked stronger both defensively and offensively as they pulled away in the second half for a 72 – 51 win.
Playing against a zone all game was tough for the home team as this was still a new defence to them, one which they had not experienced before; however this did not stop CU early on as they built up a quick 9 point lead by the end of the first quarter 24 – 15.
As the game progressed into the second quarter the zone became more effective as County Upper began to stall offensively only extending their lead by 2 points leading into halftime 42 – 31.
The third quarter was a continuation of the first half as County Upper trading baskets with the away team early on. Defensively though County Upper really stepped up limiting Brentwood to only 6 points while scoring 10 points themselves.
With a new lease of energy in the forth quarter County Upper put together multiple runs as CU put together another 20 point quarter while only allowing Brentwood to score 14.
County Upper were lead in scoring by Luca Beadle with 18 points and supported by Brandon Marshall and Phil Ennis-Bugg who had 13 and 11 points respectively.
CU will next be in action on the 5th November when they take on the Essex Rockets.