Myerscough sweeps past Chester

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PRESTON, Lancs. — A week after suffering its first loss of the season, Myerscough got back on track in a big way at home.

Konrad Kantorski led four players in double figures scoring with 18 points to help Myerscough rout the University of Chester 96-53 on Sunday afternoon.

Callan Low added 16 points to go with six rebounds, and Edoardo Del Cadia chipped in a double-double (15 points and 13 rebounds) for Myerscough (6-1, 4-1 NBL3), which hit 10 3-pointers on the game.

Myerscough broke the game open with a 23-0 first-quarter run, holding a depleted Chester scoreless for nearly six minutes to build a 33-12 lead and never looked back.

Phil Brandreth scored 17 of his game-high 21 points in the second quarter to lead Chester (3-4, 3-3).

Head coach Neal Hopkins

“We were able to get into our game early and we controlled the rhythm and tempo, and put aside the physical element of the game. We controlled that a lot better than we did last week — we lost control of that and that’s why we lost. It was nice to bounce back and see other guys step up.

“Rayon [Brown] is the ultimate competitor and warrior. We need guys that are not fully dependent on the offence and that will lead defensively and he gives us that edge. Callan [Low] is one of our other warriors. And as soon as we start figuring out that we need to spread the ball out and work together and hard, we’ll be a force as we come into this part of the season. These guys are starting to click and that’s what we need at this point.

“Last week’s loss highlighted some of the limitations we thought we might have and it was good to rectify some of that today. I think we lost a little bit of our confidence and today we regained our rhythm, which is where we need to be to win games in this division with the speed and athleticism that we have, we have to be in total control and today we were.

Myerscough Player Quotes:

Konrad Kantorski

On leading the team in scoring:
“My teammates found me when I was open, especially in transition. We played better team basketball overall and I happened to score more today.”

On the fast start:
“The main thing we’ve done from previous games is start with intense defence — we didn’t do that before. We got steals early and turned them into easy layups and hadn’t be doing that.”

On Callan Low’s contributions:
“Callan [Low] is a very efficient player. He’s helping us at both ends of the floor, he’s cleaning up on defence and going out there on offence and doing the little things — making put backs and getting in the right position for easy baskets. His confidence is growing. He’s a young player but he’s really mature at the same time.”

Callan Low

On Myerscough’s defensive effort:
“All we need is two or three stops. If we do that then our bench gets fired up and things start working in our favour and we start getting easy points as well.”

On bouncing back after last weekend’s loss:
“The fact we lost week really made us think about how we approach games right from the start. If we can start games like we did today then that’s how we will continue to win.”

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