Walsh catches fire in win over Albion


WALSALL — David Walsh knocked down eight 3-pointers and finished with 32 points to carry Myerscough to an 80-64 win over WLV Albion on Sunday.

“After quite a dry spell that I’ve had recently, the guys were able to find me early and get me into a rhythm and they had faith me in to hit the shots,” said Myerscough guard Walsh. “Each one it was just having the confidence in myself to take over and be able to make it when we were struggling offensively.”

Mate Okros came off the bench and chipped in 17 points for Myerscough (15-1, 11-1 NBL3), which had nine different scorers.

Myerscough connected on a trio of early threes — hitting 11 total — to take a 9- lead. But Albion battled back to tie the game at 11-all.

Okros restored Myerscough’s advantage nearing the end of a low-scoring first quarter and would go on to tally eight straight points, including a mini 4-0 run to start the second.

Myerscough then outscored the hosts 24-4 and led by as many as 22 points throughout the first half, and Albion never got closer than 11 after the break.

“They came out and were disruptive and played us physically — we had a similar situation earlier in the year against Sheffield and ended up on the bad end of the result, but this time we’ve obviously punched the win, which was really important,” said Myerscough coach Neal Hopkins. “We were able to control the game for large portions and for me it was a good example of how far we’ve grown.”

Albion had a chance to cut their deficit to 10, but went 1-of-2 at the free throw line and never threatened.

S Garakai had 17 points for WLV Albion (8-6, 5-5) and R Josephs added 11 in the loss.