14 November 2015: BIG WIN FOR YORK u16s against LOCAL RIVALS LEEDS u16s
Leeds Force 23 : York Eagles 106
1st Qtr 2nd Qtr 3rd Qtr 4th Qtr
LEEDS 4 6 4 9
YORK 22 27 39 18
Scorers: Kiran Thapa 20, Milan Manandhar 15, Rory Thompson 13, Dan Wright 12, Jasper Morris 12, George Halliday 10, Joe Henderson 10, Miles Rodeo 8, Euan Collins 4 and Tom Haygarth 2.
Scores from the National NE u16 Development League suggested that Leeds Force 2 were a struggling team and so it proved with the first quarter reflecting the difference between York Eagles who could be a Premier team and a poor Leeds u16s second team. 4 points is a normally a mixture of good defense and poor offense and scoring over 20 points a quarter is also either a sign of poor defense being played or good offense. The second quarter continued in similar fashion with 8 out of the 10 York players getting on the scoresheet and an increase in the quarter points to 27. 49 to 10 at half time was a fair reflection of the first half.
Second half started with York in fluent offensive form with a somewhat disheartened Leeds team having 39 points scored against them led by Dan Wrights 10 point haul and supported by Milan Manandhar and Kiran Thapa with 8 and 7 points respectively. Maybe the last quarter with York’s team mostly non starters on the court saw an easing off as Leeds were allowed 9 points to York’s 18 and a final 106 to 23 win.
Moment of the Match: Jasper Morris dribbling near the basket before stopping, pivoting and finishing with a strong left hand finish (Jasper’s left hand being his weaker side)
Man of the Match: Kiran Thapa not just for his 20 point tally but a consistent performance both on offense and defense after regaining his starting position.
Summary. Coach Smith asked the York players to be both ruthless and relentless in the game to practice 2 aspects of game time that will be required for closer games against better teams and York for three quarters served up a dominant performance. Pleasing that ALL players scored and in the first 3 quarters Leeds were only allowed total of 14 points. The third quarter saw York’s defensive pressure translated into 39 points scored and 39 to 4 is a very impressive quarter.
On the ‘to be improved’ areas a few easy chances were missed throughout the game which with a better team may cost York dearly. York were in foul trouble in one quarter which again should be avoided as most of York’s fouls were a result of having a swipe at the ball or poor footwork. Finally at times and despite the scoreline York allowed some ‘soft’ baskets with no pressure on the ball. At times defensive rotation needs to be clear as does communication on screens (defender of the screener tells the other defender that a screen is being set).
Overall difficult to be critical with such a comprehensive victory and York remain unbeaten and top of the u16 NE Development Conference.