|Posted by THE BOSS on March 27, 2015 at 6:00 AM|
Old Boys reached the semi-finals of The Plate by beating Olympiad Flames for the third time this season. We got off to a flyer by restricting them to just 10 points on their own court in the first quarter, while we spread the ball around to score 17, with Abe getting 6 inside, Andy 5, Chris 4 and Rahquon 2. Abe got the first score of the second period, too, with another strong rebound and put-back. Tony made the second of a pair of frees, then we went cold for three minutes until Gordon made back-to-back buckets from short jumpers after two spin moves in the paint. Andy followed this with another two scores from inside drives. Flames rallied again on a 6-0 run before Andy made the first of a pair of frees in the 10th, but the home team had done enough to win the period 17-12 and cut our lead to just two points at 29-27 at half time.
We came out for the second half with much greater intensity in defence and restricted Flames to just two baskets in the 3rd quarter, while we put on 25 in an impressive, patient and sharing display of team basketball. Abe and Rahquon got another 6 each, Andy put in 4 more, Mike swished a mid-range jumper, Tony got 3 of 4 from the line and Chris flushed a pair of frees and chased down and leapt high to block a fast break lay-up. The score sheet shows our last score of the period coming from 55, so I don’t know if this was a score for us or if the scorer mistakenly robbed their 55 of a basket. Either way, we had restored a big lead and crushed their resistance.
They bounced back a little in the 4th quarter with three scores on the trot from danger-man Hockley, but Mike finished with a baseline cut in the 2nd and Abe scored another basket and one of a pair in the 5th to keep our score moving forward. They rallied again for another 7-0 run from the 5th to the 7th, while keeping us out for four minutes, but the whole team put in another extra defensive effort for the last 3 minutes to deny them another score. Better late than never, Pete laid up from Gordon’s assist on a fast break in the 9th and then finally swished a three-pointer from the top from Chris’s assist in the closing seconds.
Flames just won the quarter 13-10, but too much damage was done in our 25-4 3rd period for it to make a difference and we closed the game on 64-44. This was more like a classic Old Boys’ display of caring, sharing basketball, although it wasn’t quite all out of the top drawer. We’re obviously timing that peak just right for the Plate and Trophy semi-finals and finals.
Scorers: Broughton 18 (MVP), Ahmed 17, Chambers 8, Radford 5, Veira 4, Kissoon 4, Shovlin 4, Bailey 4.