Archbishop Beck Catholic College 56 – 95 Stoke-on-Trent College

Archbishop Beck hosted Stoke in their final game of the season, a similar situation to last season when the two teams met in the national quarter-finals. On both instances the host team fell to the well-coached and physical Stoke team.

Beck had nothing to lose in this final encounter of their tough season, plagued with departures and injury. The hosts pressed from the start to try and counteract huge size advantage of their opponents.

Sharp shooter Dario Mataj had an early hot hand for the hosts with two quick threes. Stoke fellow sniper, Bayley Gaunt rose to the occasion with 10 quick first quarter points.

End of the first, 24-16 to Stoke.

The next quarter was a very close contest with Stoke edging Beck by two points for an 18-16 advantage. Mataj stayed hot with two more threes, and a total of four threes for Archbishop Beck in the quarter.

Tew started to dominate inside with his superior size and strength, throwing down some impressive dunks against Becks much smaller front line.

Half time score, 42-32 to Stoke.

The third quarter saw Stoke go to their tricky zone defence and it created problems for the hosts as they failed to create ball movement and hit the open shots. Stoke dominated the 3rd 25-9, and gave Beck a huge deficit to try and overcome.

Alex Tew stepped up in the 4th with 13 points, Archbishop Beck had no answer to his size and strength and the game became out of reach.

Liam Burgess in his final game at Archbishop Beck scored 9 points in the quarter and finished with 15 for the game.

Deval had an outstanding all-around performance for Stoke with a near triple double, consisting of 23 points, 10 rebounds and 9 assists.

“All credit to Stoke who played very well and have improved over the course of the season thanks to their Coach, Shawn Jamison.”

Coach Delme Herriman

Stoke took the final quarter 28-18 even without their other big man Oyemade playing at all.

Final score 95-56 to Stoke.

We wish them well in the Play-off.

Top Scorers

Archbishop Beck: Burgess 15, Mataj 15 & Dawson 11

Stoke:   Tew 33 & 22 rebs, Gaunt 27, Deval 23 & 10 rebs & 9 ast