|Posted by THE BOSS on March 12, 2015 at 9:15 AM|
It was vital for Old Boys to bounce back from last week’s defeat to Comets to retain a hope of winning the division title. This week’s visitors were Premier Inn Cavaliers 40 who, having already just scraped the win in the game in Swindon in October, were confident of their chances. Old Boys started with strong intent and maintained it to win the first three quarters. Cavs’ MVP scored the first points, but Keenan, Rahquon and Abe all scored inside the Cavs’ zone to give us a 6-2 lead. They came back with a made triple and a two to regain the lead, but Andy tied it with one of a pair. They retook it with a score inside from their big man, but Rahqs tied it again with another low-post move. Cavs briefly held it twice more in the 7th and 8th, but Keenan scored twice more on zone-splitting drives, Andy made two more and a plus-one and Tony made one of a pair for us to finish the quarter on 19-15.
That was as good as it would get for Cavs because Keenan decided it was time for another one of those quarters. By the end of it he had added another 16 to his 6 from the first period – another 3 sidestepping, driving lay-ups, a downtown triple and 7 of 8 from the line – for 22 in the half. Add another three hoops from Andy and a triple from the top for Tony, while our zone upped the tempo to restrict them to 16 points, for us to win the period 25-16 and establish a half time lead of 13 at 44-31.
Rahqs scored another baseline drive in the first minute of the second half to stretch it to 15, but we then went scoreless for three minutes while Cavs rallied with a 6-0 run. Our threats from outside stretched the top of their zone, though, and made it very simple to find Andy inside with the bounce pass and he added another 10 points on the fake and drive. Abe got another two baskets in the same way, while Keenan drove again and dished to Pete for the lay-up on the break before taking his own game tally to 28 with a 2+1 and another triple from the top to close the quarter at 24-21 to us and a 16-point lead at 68-52.
Rahqs made a pair from the stripe at the start of the final period before they rallied again with a two and a three. Andy swished a J from the elbow in the 4th and Tony made a pair of frees in the 5th, but we went the last five minutes scoreless. Despite struggling at the offensive end now, our defence restricted them to just another two baskets and a pair from the line. They had managed to take the last quarter 11-6, but we had done enough damage in the first three to take the game 74-63 and keep the title hopes alive.
They had an easy job choosing our MVP after Keenan’s display inside and outside for 28. Andy had another solid performance with 24 points, too, but apart from those two it wasn’t the usual strong, all-round shared scoring performance from Old Boys. That will return when we peak again in the final league game at Bulls on Sunday and the two approaching quarter-finals.
Scorers; Lawrence 28 (MVP), Broughton 24, Chambers 8, Ahmed 6, Kissoon 6, Radford 2.