Nottingham, England – Myerscough snapped a 6-game losing streak in dramatic fashion on Saturday afternoon as they overcame a 13-point deficit to beat winless Nottingham Trent Hoods (83-81) in a game that went down to the final possession.
Stephen Asante would start the game with back-back three pointers and Euan Birch found a way to get to the rim as Myerscough looked to create an early advantage. Both teams continued to trade baskets and when Mandre Costa connected on a pair of free throws, the visitors held a 3-point advantage. However, Nottingham responded with a 9-2 burst that was capped off by a Bisungu dunk to lead 22-18 at the end of the first quarter.
The back-and-forth continued throughout the second quarter as Nottingham had an answer each time Myerscough threatened and when Malachi Nelson connected on three straight three-pointers, Nottingham was on a 15-6 tear that gave them their largest lead of the game at 55-42.
Myerscough would regroup after a timeout and held their opponents to just 5 points in the remaining 6 minutes of the third quarter and when Denilson Caschili hit the three-pointer at the buzzer the gap was back to only 5 points (60-55) heading into the final quarter.
In copycat fashion, Myerscough would enjoy the better start to the quarter as they went on a 15-5 run of their own to turn the deficit into a 5-point advantage and Nottingham would be forced to take a timeout. Momentum stayed with Myerscough as it opened a 9-point lead with 3 minutes left before swinging one more time as Nottingham raced back to erase it on a pair of Dijarn Russel-Walters with 59 seconds left to play (81-80 Nottingham).
Caschili was fouled on the following position whilst attempting a three-pointer and calming stepped up to make all three free throws to restore a 2-point lead (81-83) and Nottingham would see their final attempt to tie the game fall short as Myerscough survived the late surge.
Reflecting on his late heroics, Caschili added – “The first half was hard to watch. Defensively we were very poor, no communication at all, even though offensively we were clicking we just weren’t doing enough. Midway through the 3rd we ended up down double digits, and I had enough and although I was injured, I asked my coach to take the gamble and put me in. I knew I had to lead by example and try to give us a boost. We started to string stops together on defense, which lead to me gaining confidence to shoot the ball. We were able to swing momentum and hold on to secure the win. We never give up and that’s what I love about this team”.
Denilson Caschili connected on 4 three pointers and was perfect from the foul line (6-6) as he top scored with 18 points in just 13 minutes of action for Myerscough. Dayvantia Campbell-Deeble led from the bench as he had a 15-point, 11 rebound double-double. Euan Birch and Stephen Asante both contributed 12 points each.
Malachi Nelson had a game-high 21 points on 7-8 FG to lead Nottingham whilst Cyon James added 14 points. Dijarn Russell-Walters was the only other start in double figures with 13 points with Cam’Ron Hibbert adding 12 off the bench.
Myerscough (4-9) return home next week to face off against Charnwood Riders (2-11) as they look to build on the positives from this victory.