Balanced offence leads Sco’ to victory in NBL Division 2 

Doncaster, England – Myerscough built on its form in the NBL Men’s National cup when it returned to domestic competition this weekend as they were able to edge out Doncaster Eagles, 87-82 in a nail-biter on the road and return to .500 in NBL Division 2 North. 

Tom Hodson opened the scoring for the home side with back-back scores at the rim before Myerscough’s Euan Birch responded with 7 points of his own and Stephen Asante hit a pull up jump shot to give the visitors an early 9-4 advantage. Doncaster would then respond with 15 unanswered points as the score line flipped, and Myerscough found themselves trailing by 10. Dayvantia Campbell-Deeble had back-back scores inside the last twenty seconds to cap a Myerscough resurgence as the first quarter ended, 26-24.  

The high-scoring nature that opened the game continued throughout the second quarter as both teams demonstrated multiple ways of putting points on the board. Denilson Caschili would knock down a three-pointer and follow it immediately with a score in transition to force a Doncaster timeout and break the deadlock, 40-35. Doncaster would respond by levelling the score and both teams continued to trade blows to end the first half. Myerscough saw further three-pointers from Caschili and Peter Asante whilst Doncaster’s Rob Marsden scored eight straight for his team. Myerscough ahead 51-46. 

Both teams continued to go back-and-forth in a game with several ties and lead changes before Campbell-Deeble converted a tough score inside giving Myerscough’s its first double digit lead, 65-55 with just over three minutes remaining in the third quarter.  

Doncaster would continue to fight and managed to tie the game as Paul Walsh connected on a big corner three but that would be as close as they would get as Myerscough secured a valuable win from the free throw line, 87-82.  

Denilson Caschili led five Myerscough players in double figures with 19 points and 7 rebounds. Stephen and Peter Asante both contributed 17 points each whilst Euan Birch and Dayvantia Campbell-Deeble added 15 and 11 respectively.   
Doncaster were led by Rob Marsden’s game high 29 points and 16 rebounds double-double. Paul Walsh provided valuable support with 17 points whereas Tom Hodson added 11.   

Myerscough (3-3) return to action next weekend with a double header away to Leicester Warriors (3-5) (Saturday 26th) before returning home for the rematch against Doncaster Eagles (1-4) (Sunday 27th).  

Tameside, England – A strong 4th quarter saw Myerscough II defeat Tameside Basketball Club 80-62, to bring their record to 5-1 in Division 3.

Tameside jumped out to an early lead as Myerscough began the game slowly and were unable to convert from the field, leaving them 20-9 down after the first quarter.

Myerscough began to find more of a rhythm in the 2nd quarter, connecting on 5 3 pointers, allowing them to cut into the home team’s lead to trail 39-35 at the half.

The 3rd quarter was a physical battle as both teams pushed to gain the momentum in the game. Tameside held a slight 2 point advantage heading to the 4th quarter with all signs pointing towards a tense final period.

Myerscough’s offense then exploded into life, fuelled by some excellent defense from Daniel Azancot, to ignite numerous transition scores. Emmanuel Yeboah had 14 points in the period as Myerscough finished with a 32-8 quarter to see out the game.

Emmanuel Akubuo was relentless on both ends of the floor to lead Myerscough with a double-double of 20 points, 15 rebounds and 4 blocks. Yeboah finished with 18 points and Azancot filled the stat sheet with 16 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists and 5 steals.

Akubuo summarized the team’s performance,“We had a very slow start to the game but quarter by quarter we started to get more comfortable. We remained calm when the calls weren’t going our way and focused playing defense and using our fitness to our advantage in the 4th quarter. We hit our free throws down the stretch and key plays from Danny and Emmanuel allowed us to see out the game”.

Other weekend results:  

Saturday 19th November 2022 

U18 Conference v Manchester Swarm – 65-53 W 

Top Scorers 

Grant 23 points 

McWilliams 10 points 

Exilus 8 points 

Ahmed 8 points 

Sunday 20th November 2022 

U14 Conference v Liverpool – 27-71 L  

Top Scorers 

Johnstone 10 points  

Salloum 6 points  

U16 Conference v Cheshire Wire – 78-50 W 

Top Scorers 

Lord 28 points  

Windle 19 points 

U18 Premier v Manchester Magic – 68-81 W 

Top Scorers 

Gilmour 14 points  

Nwauzu 10 points 

Campbell 9 points  

U18 Conference v Manchester Giants Green – 91-48 W 

Top Scorers 

Hezekiel 21 points 

McWilliams 10 points 

Creanga 10 points 

Chwastek 10 points 

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