U16 win big vs Leicester Warriors II after week off
After a week off following the rescheduling of Outlaws last game the team we hungry to get back to National League action.
This week saw the arrival of Leicester Warriors II, one of only 2 teams the Outlaws have not yet played this season. The Outlaws started quickly and were 8 vs 1 up inside the first 3 minutes, including 4 out of 4 from the line. However Warriors continued to push the ball well against the press, scoring 3 baskets on the run. Following a time out and regrouping Outlaws went on their own run of 6 unanswered points, re-establishing their lead. A 3 at the end of the quarter went someway to pulling the Warriors back into it but still the qrt ended 19 vs 13.
Frailty from the line continues to affect the Outlaws as they fail to benefit from their continued driving to the basket. 2 free throws from 6 in the first 5 minutes of the qrt slowed our scoring down but the team retained its composure, defending well and trying to attack on the break. It was pleasing to see some set plays, worked on over the last couple of weeks, pay off for each of the 3 variations. The 2nd qrt finished 31 vs 24
The 3rd qrt was when we really pulled away, assisted by 16 points in the qrt from Dom Porteous with some persistent driving at the basket. This was joined by scoring from across the team, coupled with some great defence which restricted the visitors to 10 pts all qrt. Final score at the end of the 3rd was 59 vs 34.
The 4th qrt allowed the Outlaws to play the bench, giving valuable court time to a number of players who have had restricted minutes this season. They all did a fantastic job, both of keeping the score board ticking over but also playing great defence. A rare 3 for the Outlaws (Bayley Hunt) meant we again won the qrt and final score was 73 vs 49
The team have developed well over the season and are beginning to show some maturity on the court. It is always pleasing to see some ideas worked on in practice come good in open play. Still work to do, especially individually from the free throw line. 12 from 26 isn’t good enough! – Coach Tim Ringer