Sat 24 Jan: U18NL v Shoreham 85-93
Almost a perfect game except the result ... The U18NL continued where they left the week before, after their win against Raynes Park with confidence really high and first time with a full squad too..
Shoreham started strong with a couple of 3 pointers and a lot of energy which wasn't met by the Hawks' starting 5 so after a couple of changes the team starting scoring with Arthur & Aleko ending Q1 19-14. Q2 was very similar, as our defense wasn't meeting requirements and Shoreham was "hot" from the 3 point line with 5 3s this quarter. The Blackhawks defense was changed to address that but the change wasn't as effective as exepcted. BP helped with 2 3s himself in Q2 and with 8 out 10 free throws made by Joe, Arthur, Yao, Aleko, the gap was now 14 points, 46-32 at the end of first half. The Blackhawks won Q3 by 23-18 with some good drives from Joe, shots from Arthur and Yao being excellent inside the key. Trailing by 9 in Q4, the Blackhawks chased the game again and with Arthur on top form, made 3 3pts and 12 points in Q4 we brought the difference to 4 points but never managed to close the gap more ending with losing the game by 8pts in the end.
Coach Nick Mandafounis was very happy with the team performance. With team stats: 47.1% in 3 pts, 58.3% in 2 pts, 70.4% in Free Throws and only 18 Turnovers, would have won any other game and shows increase in perfromace all round. Keep it up team!
MVP was Arthur with 40MVP points, 34pts scored, 7 3pts, 9/12 FT, 3ast, 3stl. Aleko had a solid game with 14.3MVP with 12pts scored, 2/2FT, 1ast, 2stl. Joe had a very good return with 14.2MVP points, 19pts scored, 1 3pts, 4/7FT, 1ast, 2stl but 5to. Yao had 10.7MVP, 9pts, 5rbs, 7rbs. BP had a quiet game with 8.6MVP, 11pts, 2 3pts.
Quarters; Q1:14 -19, Q2: 18-27, Q3: 23-18, Q4:31-30