Long Road Sixth Form College 59 – 61 County Upper School

Long Road College welcomed County Upper on Monday evening for their 2nd home game of the season. The contest was played with ferocious intensity from both sides with defence dominating the game in a low scoring affair which could have gone either way, however County Upper broke the Long Road crowd’s hearts, handing the Cambridge Academy side their third two point loss of the season.

The game started with a frantic pace and both teams committing to aggressive defence but also possibly lacking control on offence as both teams struggled to score early on.

The second quarter was equally tight however both teams started to find some gaps on the offensive end and in transition to up the scoring rate. E. Kriunas dropping 9 of his team high 23 points in the quarter for County Upper, while D. Batcheler matched him with 10 of his game high 28pts.

The game looked like it was going into the break tied, however a 3 point shot on the buzzer from Kriunas meant the Wolves had a 3 point lead at the half way point.

The second half continued in the same vain with defence dominating the tie. Long Road mixed up their defences and caused County upper to become unsettled in their offence only scoring 7 points in the quarter.

Whilst Long Road continued to put the County Upper defence under pressure forcing them into foul trouble which meant a number of opportunities at the line. Long Road took a 2 point lead into the 4th quarter up 46 – 44.

The final quarter was tight all the way with 8 lead changes and the game remaining close the whole way. It was clear this one was going right to the wire.

Long Road were up 1 with just over a minute remaining and had some good looks but couldn’t knock them down. County Upper had a timely 5-0 run with a big 3 and then a runner in translation to go up by 4 with 30 seconds left that ultimately sealed the win. Long Road hit a nice runner to bring them within 2 but in the end just fell short once again.

Dan Batcheler led all scorers with 28 for Long Road while K. Holmes had another impressive performance with 9 points, 16 rebounds and 5 blocks. T. Revell and E. Kriunas led the Wolves with 21 and 23 points respectively.

Coach Charlwood said, “I couldn’t be more proud of how the boys played tonight, they gave me everything they had. Our intent and commitment to defence was excellent for the most part and we had another game where we had a chance to win the game. It has obviously been hard for the boys to have to deal with another close loss but there are so many positives to take from today’s game and a massive step in the right direction of how we want to play this year.”

Long Road now have to travel to Colchester on Wednesday to take on Essex Rebels Academy before hosting Leighton next Wednesday.