Impressive Mansfield Giants rounded off the year on a high by exacting sweet revenge on Preston outfit, Myerscough College, in the Men’s Third Division of the National Basketball League.
Earlier in the season, Giants were beaten at home by their fellow mid-tablers. But it was a different story on the road as they eased to a comfortable 92-80 victory.
Delighted coach Ian Richards said: “We played very well. We had a slight hiccup in the third quarter, but overall our offensive and defensive effort was very good throughout the game.
“It was particularly pleasing to see our juniors playing such a big part in the win too. We took five under-18s to bolster our squad.
“We now have a very good opportunity to start the New Year on a high and in a good mid-table slot.”
The match started with both teams missing easy lay-up points before Giants’ veteran and captain Gary Collins got his side off to a positive start, along with Barry Plummer.
Myerscough hit back to level at 4-4, but that merely opened the way for Jojo Owusu Ansah to go on the rampage, scoring eight straight points of the 22 he recorded in the game.
Boosted by a 24-point haul from 17-year-old, 6’7” beanpole Zion Tordoff, the home side hit back to leed 13-12 before Giants retaliated again with juniors Keagan Allen, who ended up with 16 points, and Dan Burmiston scoring seven points between them and Calvin Morant-Hudson getting on the scoresheet too to set up a 21-15 lead at the end of the first quarter.
The second quarter brought a chgange of tactics from Myerscough as they started to fire shots from long-range. But the Mansfield side maintained their lead, finishing 44-36 up after points from Morant-Hudson and junior point guard Liam Burton.
The advantage was cut to five points (66-61) by the end of the third quarter. But Giants’ top scorer Plummer was in terrific form, scoring 14 of his 25-point haul in this period alone.
The visitors then took control of the final quarter, which tempted frustrated Mysercough to resort to some unsportsmanlike fouling. Giants kept their compoisure to complete the victory.