Myerscough collected three impressive wins this weekend, including a victory that saw the Under-18 Men into the National Cup quarterfinals. Shauna Harrison, meanwhile, helped the Under-18 Women earn back-to-back wins for the first time this season.
Adenuga’s 26 lifts Myerscough past Sheffield
PRESTON, Lancs. -- Demi Adenuga exploded for 26 points to help lift Myerscough to a narrow 67-62 win over Sheffield on Saturday.
Alex Roberts added 17 points for Myerscough, which shot just 38 percent from the field and a lowly 2-of-19 from 3-point range.
Myerscough, however, took advantage of Sheffield’s 36 miscues and turned those into 33 points.
“We really struggled for 30 minutes of the game -- we had a really good second quarter, but the rest of the time we looked like dummies and like we didn’t want to play,” said Myerscough coach Troy Culley. “We did a really good job of bouncing back and pushed the tempo.
“The guys did a really good job forcing turnovers and that allowed us to get out and run because our shot wasn’t there today. You’re not going to win many games shooting like we did, but I’m happy the guys found a way to grit it out.”
Hubert Ignatowicz and Ben Gordos strung together a 5-0 run to tie the game at 26 midway through the second quarter, before Myerscough scored the last eight points of the half to lead 42-36.
Myerscough took its largest lead of the game at 51-38 after outscoring Sheffield 11-4 over the first six minutes of the second half -- all four of Sheffield’s points came via the free throw line.
Nathaniel Montgomery scored eight of his 13 points in the fourth quarter, including a pair of back-to-back 3-pointers to cut the gap to 64-62. But Adenuga sealed the win at the line.
Matthew Cauthorn led the Sharks with 17 points on 7-of-10 shooting. Sheffield shot an incredible 50 percent (25-of-50) from the field.
Myerscough defeated by Stockport
PRESTON, Lancs. -- Stoyan Toshkov had a team-high 18 points and Radostin Papazov added 14, but Myerscough was unable to overturn a 20-point deficit against the Stockport Falcons.
Trailing 44-26 at the break, Myerscough began the third quarter on a 20-0 run to pull within six. A five-point game, however, was blown open as the Falcons poured in 30 points in the fourth quarter.
B. Runner scored a game-high 30 points for Stockport. H. Curley and G. Travis combined for 29 in the win.
Harrison, Myerscough roll over Manchester
PRESTON, Lancs. -- Shauna Harrison scored 22 points and the Myerscough Under-18 Women rolled past the Manchester Mystics 63-37 on Sunday.
A trio of players -- Emma Cheetham, Maria Delgado and Jess McGrath -- all contributed eight points for Myerscough.
“I’m proud of how the girls came together today and rallied around one another,” said Myerscough coach Barney Blake.
Myerscough, which raced to a 34-22 halftime lead, took control in the third quarter and outscored Manchester 11-3 in the frame.
Kyra Smith, Steph Cornell and Karyss Devine combined for 17 points for Myerscough.
Myerscough into U18 National Cup quarterfinals
PRESTON, Lancs. -- The Myerscough Under-18 Men overcame a sluggish performance to defeat Newcastle 85-64 on Sunday and advance to the National Cup quarterfinals.
Myerscough will face a trip to Manchester, which routed Liverpool, on Dec. 17 at the Amaechi Centre.
Despite leading by 16 points in the first half, Myerscough saw its advantage dwindle to just three at the break.
Newcastle would push ahead 51-49 and force Myerscough to call a timeout with 4:19 left in the third -- and a regrouped Myerscough came out on an 11-0 run and the Eagles never threatened.
Callan Low scored a team-high 20 points on 10-of-19 shooting and Demi Adenuga added 19 for Myerscough, which recovered to shoot 41 percent.
Tosan Evbuomwan had 27 points to lead Newcastle. Ricardo Rizza was the only other Eagle to reach double-figures finishing with 10.
Myerscough took advantage of Newcastle’s 24 turnovers, scoring 27 points. It also capitalised on 23 offensive board, outscoring the Eagles 28-12 on second chance points.
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