Williams’ 22 lifts Sco past Derby

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PRESTON – Amari Williams scored 22 points to lead Myerscough to a 91-79 win over Derby in the EABL.

Williams scored eight-straight points early in the third quarter to break the game open, bookended by threes.

“It’s great knowing how many threats we have on the floor,” said Williams. “For me to come out at the top scorer gives me a lot of confidence. My teammates found me when I was open and I was able to attack the rim and get offensive boards.”

Lewis McGlasson and Callan Low hit four 3-pointers each — Myerscough knocked down 14 total — and added 18 points apiece.

Myerscough (11-2), which led by eight at halftime, surged to a 65-50 advantage off Corey Samuels’ 3-pointer with 6:06 left in the third quarter. Demi Adenuga would drill a three of his own to push the gap out to 19.

Blake Bowman converted a 3-point play to bring Derby within 85-76 at the 3:02 mark of the fourth quarter, but would get no closer. A quick 4-0 burst out of a timeout extended Myerscough’s lead back to double-digits.

“It was a good old fashioned shoot-out,” said Myerscough coach Neal Hopkins. “Sometimes you just have to sit there and enjoy it.”

Tyler Mutemasango led Derby (6-5) with 17 points and Bowman and Luke Pope each had 15 in the loss. The Trailblazers connected on 12 3-pointers, including six in the first half.

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