SBC U18 Men National League Division 2
Saturday 10th September 2016
Inverness Royal Academy, Inverness
Highland Bears vs West Lothian Wolves
Wolves Squad: Jack Baxter, Martyn Burch, Sean McDonald, John McGinlay, Mark Peacock, Owen Shade, Josh Villaester, Jake Leighton.
Report:U18M opening game of the season saw the team make the long but very worth while trip up to the Highlands. A blistering start and similarly paced 4th Quarter from the Wolves proved too hot to handle for the team from the North.
Rapid fast breaks with accurate, strong passing play and very few missed shots soon racked up a sizeable cushion in Q1. However, such a pace cannot be sustained without significant depth on the bench; something that escaped the Junior Men on this occasion.
Quarters 2 and 3, although closer due to the slowed pace, still remained in the control of the Wolves. Some pointers for the coaches to work on were highlighted in those quarters, and these will be focus areas for training over the coming weeks.
It was eyeballs out again, moving the ball at pace on the fast break, once again, leaving the highlanders with little chance of preventing the onslaught.
This may prove to be one of the easier games of the season for the junior men, but it certainly did a lot to ease them back into competitive basketball, boost confidence and identify improvement opportunities for the season ahead.
Q2: 12-17 (19-47)
Q3: 19-23 (38-70)
Q4: 16-31 (54-101)
Top Scorers: S. McDonald (30) and J. McGinlay (25)
SBC U16M National League Division 1
Saturday 10th September 2016 (12.45pm)
Perth Phoenix 31-130 West Lothian Wolves
Wolves Squad: Lewis Lockhart, Kieran Man, Sadhil Jindal, Jack Meldrum, Jack Ferguson, Stewart Kerr, Callum Mortimer, Conor McKeon, Tushar Tomer, Jack Adams.
Officials: I. MacDonald & S. Gulyurtlu
Report: The Wolves starting very strongly with Perth struggling to pass out of the Wolves' trap press. Strong rebounding and good finishing across the board in the blue gave the Wolves a 26-7 lead at the end of the 1st.
The pressure continued for Perth into the 2nd with Stewart Kerr and Jack Ferguson showing great anticipation and touch around the basket, both finishing in double figures for points, rebounds and steals by the end of the game. Half time score: 72-13 to Wolves.
After half time, the Wolves removed their press to focus on other aspects of their defence which will be required across the season. Despite this, the points continued with all 10 players finding a basket across the four quarters.
Strong passing games across the board, with 4 players finishing with more than 5 assists, led to a comfortable finish. Full time score: 130-31 to Wolves.
1st Q: 7-26
2nd Q: 6-46(13-72)
3rd Q: 10-22 (23-94)
4th Q: 8-36 (31-130)
Wolves Top Scorer: J. Ferguson & S. Kerr (29pts)