The Myerscough Under-18 Men split a set of games this weekend, but was ousted from the National Cup on Sunday. The Under-18 Women also fell to standings rival Newcastle to end 2017.
Myerscough stays atop the U18 Premier North
LEEDS — Demi Adenuga had 17 points to go with eight rebounds and five assists, and the Myerscough Under-18 Men outlasted Leeds 73-66 on Saturday.
Jamie Gray finished with 16 points and nine boards for Myerscough (14-1, 10-1 U18 Premier North), which overcame 21 turnovers. Lewis McGlasson added 13, but hit just 1-of-5 3-point attempts.
Harry Rezendezz scored a game-high 23 points to lead City of Leeds in the loss. Leeds shot just 32 percent and hit just two 3-pointers.
Myerscough overhauled Leeds with an 11-0 run to take a 33-25 advantage before building a 22-point lead in the third quarter.
Leeds put together an 8-0 run of its own to cut the deficit to 68-56 at the start of the fourth quarter, but Myerscough held on, despite scoring just three points over the final five minutes.
Smith scores 16 in defeat to Newcastle
PRESTON — The Myerscough Under-18 Women faltered in a 66-48 defeat to Newcastle on Sunday afternoon.
Kyra Smith was the lone player for Myerscough to finish in double-figures scoring with 16 points. Emma Cheetham, who was coming off a 29-point performance, added just eight.
“Just a disappointing performance today to end the first half of the season,” said Myerscough coach Barney Blake. “There were lots of lessons learnt and now there’s time to think about what we need to do to avoid this feeling again.”
Myerscough, which trailed 28-24 at halftime, fell behind following a 9-0 run from Newcastle to start the third quarter. The hosts were without a point for two minutes, and scored just eight whilst the Eagles poured in 15.
Myerscough out of National Cup at hands of Magic
MANCHESTER — The Myerscough Under-18 Men saw its defence of the National Cup come to an end in an 84-73 overtime defeat at the Manchester Magic on Sunday.
Myerscough, which was led by Mate Okros’ 26 points, was outscored 13-3 in the extra period as they exited the competition in the quarterfinals.
Daniel Chima scored 12 points and Jamie Gray added 11 in the loss.
After a quick start saw Myerscough score the first eight points of the game, the Magic battled back to trail by just four at the end of the opening quarter.
Manchester pushed Myerscough into a 25-all tie before the visitors outscored the Magic 14-5 over the final five minutes before halftime.
Demi Adenuga hit a 3-pointer to extend the lead to 42-33, but an 11-4 run forced Myerscough into a timeout with 4:52 left in the third.
Manchester nudged ahead by two, though it could never break away with Daniel Chima bringing Myerscough within 68-67.
Adenuga again came up big to tie the game at 70, but then missed a pair of free throws with eight seconds left in regulation.
Myerscough, which trailed 78-71 with 1:58 to go in overtime, never found its feet in the extra period.
Michael Anumba led the Magic with 19 points.