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Myerscough tops East London in Division 3 Playoff Final

MANCHESTER -- Rayon Brown had a team-high 19 points to go with 11 rebounds and Myerscough topped East London 71-57 to win the Division 3 Playoff Championship on Saturday at the National Basketball Performance Centre.

Mate Okros scored 17 points, nine rebounds and six assists and David Walsh had 13 points, including a trio of 3-pointers, for Myerscough, which added to its haul of regular season and National Shield titles this season.

Myerscough weathered a 14-0 run from East London before using a 7-0 burst to overturn its lone deficit of the game -- a single point -- to take a 30-24 lead.

The Division 3 North regular season champions then broke open a nine-point halftime lead, as Okros sparked a 13-2 run with a 3-point play. Myerscough would go on to hold East London to just nine points in the third quarter and build a 56-37 advantage.

East London never got closer than 16 and back-t0-back 3-point plays from Landry Mayinga and Brown, who was named Finals MVP, pushed the game out of reach.

Myerscough shot 40 percent from the floor in a rematch of the National Shield semifinals whilst East London was held to just 28 percent shooting.

Arif Sempala finished with a game-high 21 points and 10 rebounds for East London. Seun Bashua-Olaofe added a double-doube (10 points & 11 rebounds) in the loss.

NOTES: Myerscough coach Neal Hopkins was named Division 3 North Coach of the Year ... East London coach Joshua Tackie was named Division 3 South Coach of the Year ... Myerscough outscored East London 32-30 on points in the paint ... Myerscougb bench outscored East London 23-18.

Allen Gunn is a graduate of the University of Salford with a Masters degree in Journalism.