31 October 2015: SHEFFIELD SHARKS u16s 58 YORK EAGLES u16s 66
DEFENSIVE STOPS WINS IN THE END FOR UNBEATEN YORK
1st Qtr 2ndQtr 3rd Qtr 4th Qtr Total
SHEFFIELD 15 19 14 10 58
YORK 15 22 15 14 66
Scorers: Milan Manandhar 15, Rory Thompson 14, Dan Wright 12, Joe Henderson 10, Kiran Thapa 6, Miles Rodeo 4, Euan Collins 3, George Halliday 2. Did not play : Tom Haygarth and Lucas Mortimer
The game against Sheffield is always a good game and the first few minutes saw Sheffield surge ahead 9 to 4 before Rory Thompson stepped in to lead a fight back and tie the game at 15 to 15. The second quarter was similarly close with Milan Manandhar supporting his team with 6 points to give York a 3 point half time lead. A worrying habit which York must stop is their game management as with 13 seconds left in the 2nd quarter and York with the ball York failed to take a shot and then Rory Thompson commited his 3rd foul with seconds left to give Sheffield free throws. This was just poor.
The second half was another close affair with York staying ahead thanks to a 5 point haul from Dan Wright who was performing well both on offense and particularly on defense when often marking a bigger Sheffield player. So at the start of the last quarter York had a 4 point lead which they extended thanks to a good back door play from Joe Henderson, having his best game so far for Eagles, to a 6 point difference. Inexplicably York went to sleep on a rebound to allow Sheffield to score too easily and this was reduced to a two point lead with another Sheffield basket. Finally York did what they needed to do and with good defense and Dan Wright and Joe Henderson baskets saw York ahead by 6 and two free throws from Milan Manandhar finished off Sheffield.
Moment of the Match: After a time out to steady the ship Coach Smith wanted a 3 high play, York set this up, Milan Manandhar and Rory Thompson worked as two guards, the Sheffield wing defense got caught ball watching and Joe Henderson cut to the basket to receive a perfect pass and an uncontested lay up. Just excellent offensive execution. Man of the Match : Joe Henderson who does what the team needs and in this game scored double digits for the first time. A good example was Joe was called for a defensive holding foul which was obviously not good but showed he was trying to do what the team needed and rebound. The rebounding for York is usually POOR and we need to get a better mind set of whoever you are marking then
SUMMARY. This was another grind it out win similar to Queen Ethelburgas when after a close first half York tightened their defense in the second half and the result was less points scored against and an 8 point victory. In this case conceding 34 points in the first half and only 24 in the second half was the victory factor. Before we get too carried away the Sheffield team are their second team and York were inconsistent defensively in the game apart from the last quarter. On offense York’s habit of standing still and too many players not wanting the ball usually means that Milan or Rory are expected to beat the whole Sheffield defense – not going to happen. The best part of the win was that when it mattered York stepped up defensively causing Sheffield to take bad shots and we then had the opportunity to try and score. Easy logic – stop them scoring and even if we don’t score we can still win the game which we ended up doing.