Varsity- Basketball Report
Tipping-off Wednesday afternoon at Christ Church’s shiny new sports centre, the Women’s Basketball game was a well-fought one, both teams determined and giving away as little as they could. UKC scored first and solidified this with a strong opening streak of points, defending skilfully when required, forcing Christ Church to raise their game, leaving the first quarter score at 22-14 to UKC. The second quarter opened up with fast play and a fierce display from both teams, seeing longer periods of possession. However, despite some good side-line shooting from Christ Church’s nos. 6 and 8, as well as a very good all-round performance from Christ Church’s no. 6 UKC had a burst of points, partially due to less accurate passing from Christ Church, leaving the score at half-time at 47-19 to UKC.
Christ Church opened up the third quarter strongly, facing a determined and fast UKC, seeing a great retaliatory run from Christ Church’s no. 4, and from there on play was flowing either way, seeing some good shooting from Christ Church no.5; UKC got the upper hand in scoring, finishing the third quarter 60-30 to UKC. Unfortunately UKC continued this dominating display in the final quarter, in possession and scoring from several penalties given away from Christ Church fouls. The final score was 74-38 to UKC.
Following the Women’s basketball game, the men took to the court. UKC lost the tip-off, but scored first; Christ Church quickly proved their skill and teamwork, nos. 8 and 10 showing particular skill, playing in an aggressive style and strongly contesting the ball, seeing the play go back and forth. Several penalties were conceded by UKC, who despite calling a time-out and making several substitutes, couldn’t quite take the upper hand over Christ Church, the first quarter finishing 28-15 to Christ Church. The second quarter, after the UKC captain gave his team a motivational speech, which was quite amusing, saw them applying more pressure, but good Christ Church defence, teamwork and returning runs, particularly from no. 8, saw them score repeatedly. UKC defence was patchy at first, concentrating more on their attack, but pulled together to form a tight defence, Christ Church conceding several penalties towards the end of the quarter, leaving the score 53-32 to Christ Church.
The third quarter opened up fairly equally, UKC showing determination and fighting back with skill and consistency. UKC’s defence and attack was noticeably improved, meaning that a roughly equal number of points was scored in this quarter by both sides, leaving the score at 69-47 to Christ Church. The fourth quarter opened up with excellent passing by Christ Church, fast and dynamic, working towards an excellent run down the court leading to Christ Church scoring. Christ Church’s no. 8 was consistently scoring, definitely one of the strongest members of the team. The match ended on a tense atmosphere, penalties going either way due to fouls. The fast pace created an excellent ending to the game, Christ Church knowing that they had won in the closing seconds, leading to some highly-entertaining-highly-unorthodox techniques on the part of one of the players. Final score- 79-58 to Christ Church. Congratulations to them and commiserations to the UKC squad!
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