Long Road Sixth Form College vs Moulton College

Long Road Lions got there fourth win of the season coming out 65 – 56 winners against bottom of the table Moulton college. 

The game started with both teams looking a little nervy as the importance of this result was evident to both sets of players. The lions has a 7-0 run to push out an early advantage and established an early 17-13 lead by the end of the first quarter. The second quarter started evenly with both teams exchanging baskets, however a run sparked by the sharp shooting of Josh Batcheler who had 13pts of his game high 29pts in the period, pushed the lead out to 11pts at 34 – 23. A late surge from Moulton then brought it back to 6pts going into the half time break with the lions up 35 – 29.

To start of the third, the Lions increased their energy on defence and Moulton found it difficult to score. This provided a number of transition opportunities for the lions Guards as they went on a 15 – 3 run to push the lead out to 54 – 35 going into the final quarter. The fourth quarter was then a scrappy affair with lots of stops in play which seemed to break the rhythm of Long Road and allowed Moulton to go on a 9-2 run. With a glimpse of hope at a fourth quarter comeback, the Lions players became increasingly nervy on offence until Micah Gillings scored two of his 14pts to steady the ship and see the lions home for the 65 – 56 win.

“This was a good win for us,” Ssid Coach Pete Charlwood after the game. “The Boys deserve a lot of credit for keeping the composure in what was a chippy game that clearly meant a lot to both sides.”

“Credit to Moulton for their effort today and resilience to stay in the game, but from our point of view I’m a little disappointed with our 4th quarter which nearly gave Moulton the opportunity to make life very uncomfortable.  We still have a lot to learn and we need to be more ruthless and efficient on offence, however I was pleased with our defence today.”

Josh Batcheler had a season high 29pts for Long Road with Micah Gillings adding 14pts. Moulton were led by Z. Frost with 23 pts and Z. Dixon with 15pts.

Long Road await the visit of Loughborough college for their final league game of the season on the 6th March.