Important win keeps Outlaws U18 in 3rd place
Last Saturday saw the Outlaws play the Rutland Thunder, for their first fixture against a team they had already played once this season – it promised to be a belter!
Outlaws got off to a quick start scoring the first 6 points before the big Rutland side settled down to their task. Baskets were traded evenly in a good end to end competition. End the first quarter behind by 2. Outlaws 15 – 17 Rutland.
The second quarter saw Ilkeston make quick start playing aggressive defence and running at the slower Rutland bigs. A run of 10 points to 2 helped Outlaws build a 6 point lead Rutland had a little flurry of their own before Outlaws hit a couple of timely shots and layups to win the quarter 17-12.
Half time score. Outlaws 32 – 29 Rutland.
The third again was a Ilkeston still pushing in defence, trying to steal the ball and running the fast break against the bigger Rutland players. At the other end Rutland had to play 3 big men inside to try to muscle their way into the Outlaws zone. Another steady quarter for Ilkeston, containing Rutland and picking up points from the line as Rutland’s big men tried to stop the Outlaws drives. Outlaws take the third 17 – 15. Ilkeston 49 – 44 Rutland.
The forth started with Rutland coming out a bit faster and putting pressure on the Outlaws guards. A few steals of their own saw the momentum swing Rutlands way. Outlaws did their best to weather the storm, but a final late run and a missed chance at the buzzer saw Rutland take the forth 12 – 17 to tie the game and go into Overtime. Outlaws 61 – 61 Rutland
OT Period 1. Outlaws started quicker, but struggled from the line. Rutland were in foul trouble and with the loss of a second big man, had to go smaller. Undeterred, Rutland were looking for the three pointers as Outlaws rushed to close out the shots. 11 points each at the end of OT1 meant we were having to go for another five minutes. Outlaws 72 – 72 Rutland.
OT Period 2. A final push from a tired, but very determined Outlaws team battled at both ends. Scrapping for every ball, battling inside the paint and in the open court started to crack a now depleted Rutland team. With Outlaws losing Toby Cooper to a fifth foul call and Matt Brown to a nasty head clash, it didn’t look good for the final 3 minutes. An injured Taii Francis stepped onto the floor, and with only one big man left on the Rutland team not in foul trouble, gave Rutland something else to worry about. Showing better aggression and determination, Outlaws ran out 8 – 1 winners of OT2. Final Score. Outlaws 80 – 73 Rutland.
Double figure scorers…
Toby Cooper 26 points (Massive game Inside and from the 3 point line) Cameron Hearne 19 points (Rebounds, blocks an putting back his own misses, awesome) Ethan Shipstone 14 points (Huge effort all over the floor reaped rewards)
Contributions from the bench combined for the other 21 points…
There was no way the guys were going to rollover today, everyone dug deep and it really showed we are able to deal with whatever was thrown at us. – Coach Nigel Surgay