NEWCASTLE – Myerscough came up short in its season opener against Division One’s Newcastle University 90-67 in the first Northern Group game of the L Lynch Trophy on Saturday.
A dominant first quarter, which saw Newcastle grab a 37-18 lead was enough for for the Knights to capitalise on some early season nerves from a newly assembled Myerscough squad. Sco rallied through the final three periods but the damage was unrecoverable.
“It was a really slow start, which ultimately gave Newcastle the cushion, they did a great job controlling the game,” Said Myerscough Head Coach Neal Hopkins. “This is the very start for our team, and we showed in spurts that we can compete, there are a huge amount of positives and we have to remember that for some of our young players, that was their first real game in almost 18 months”.
American due Ronald Blain and Brandon Federici led Newcastle with 48 points combined and quickly demonstrated why they are so highly regarding within Division 1.
It was a balanced scoring effort from Sco with Ridley Shema and Bryan Akanmu scoring 12 points each, while they had 11 different scorers in the game.
Myerscough will now look to an away game at the Derby on September 25, before hosting Bradford the following day to complete their L-Lynch Trophy group games.
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