U14 Boys East Conference National League
The U14 Boys took on a strong Milton Keynes at the weekend, while missing a few influential players they fought hard but were unable to sustain a consistent offence and defence rhythm falling to a 49 – 88 Defeat.
From the start Milton Keynes had momentum generated by their up tempo play. County Upper came out of the block slow and was unable to match the physicality and speed displayed by MK as CU finished the first quarter down 8 points 12 – 20.
The second quarter was mixed as County Upper started strong chipping away at Milton Keynes, but were unable to sustain this rhythm as MK responded with a blistering 22 – 2 run blowing open a 24 point lead 22 – 46 leading into half time.
The third quarter saw County Upper still struggling defensively as Milton Keynes kept up their offensive pressure putting another 25 points on the board while CU could only managed to score 12.
In the final quarter County Upper began to play better defence and offence as they traded baskets with MK.
“This was a tough game for us, they are a top of the table team and proved why today” said Coach Johnson “MK had a lot more height than us which played into their favour, allowing them to create second and third chance points. We will be continuing to work hard on our defence and offence as we progress into the season. We have a great group of players here that I know will only get better.”
County Upper was lead in scoring by Ethan Doward with 12 points who was supported by Anthony House with 10 points.
County Upper will next be in actin next week when they travel to Thurrock Thunder.
U16 Boys East Conference National League
The U16 Boys were still without the use of Josh Hales and Luca Beadle due to injury as they took on Thurrock Thunder this weekend. For this game they were also without the presence of last games top scorer Patrick Laycock. With three influential players missing it allowed County Upper to play more of their younger players. Battling hard County Upper were unable to compete with Thurrock on the day as they finished the game on the wrong end of a 41 – 70 score line.
With Thurrock running a zone defence County Upper struggled to adjust allowing the away team to take a 10 point lead heading into the second quarter 14 – 24. The second quarter saw County Upper continue to struggle against the zone allowing Thurrock to take advantage extending their lead to 18 points leading into half time 23 – 41.
The second half saw County Upper take another setback as Phil Ennis-Bugg took a knock to his knee and had to sit out for the remainder of the game. Looking to the bench County Upper did not disappoint as they continued to battle hard but were unable to chip away at Thurrock’s lead losing the quarter by 10 points 11 – 21.
Not giving up County Upper began to play great defence as they shut down the Thurrock offence, and while also struggling on offence were able to win the quarter 8 – 7.
County Upper was lead in scoring by Brandon Marshall with 19 points who was supported by Phillip Ennis-Bugg with 9 points.
County Upper will be next in action next week against Southend Swifts.