SUNDERLAND, Tyne and Wear — Myerscough maintained its perfect start to the National League 3 season in tact following an 83-71 comeback victory over Sunderland on Saturday at CitySpace.
Konrad Kantorski scored 19 of his game-high 21 points after halftime to lead Myerscough (4-0, 3-0), and Mate Okros added 20.
“I just try and help the team as much as I can in any way possible,” said Kantorski.
David Walsh and Edoardo Del Cadia each had 18 points, as Myerscough’s starters accounted for 73 percent of the offence.
Myerscough overcame a sluggish start, which saw it trail by as many as 10 points in the opening half. But Del Cadia, who scored 12 of his points in the first 20 minutes, kept the visitors in touch of their opponet.
Trailing 44-35 at the break, Myerscough scored the first five points to cut the deficit to four. But Sunderland’s shooting touch from 3-point range carried over into the second half and it quickly extended the lead to nine.
Myerscough, however, battled back through Konrad Kantorski, as his eight third quarter points cut the Sunderland lead to 61-60 following a back and forth period with four ties and three lead changes.
“It was definitely frustrating when they were hitting everything in the first half, but we told ourselves we’re also a much better shooting team than we had showed,” said Kantorski.
Myerscough held a 67-61 advantage before Sunderland hit back-to-back 3-pointers, eventually leading to a two point lead.
Okros would then score four-straight points breaking a 69-all fourth quarter tie in the process before Myerscough built a 78-69 advantage with 1:18 remaining. Kantorski and Walsh, meanwhile, closed out the game at the free throw line converting 5-of-6 attempts.
NOTES: Myerscough is 4-0 overall on the road this season, including 3-0 in league play … Kantorski led the team in scoring for the second time this season … Okros had his second 20-point game … Walsh tied his season-high in points (18 at Doncaster) … Del Cadia has scored in double-figures in three out of four games.
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