Moulton College 70 – 76 Havering Sixth Form College

Moulton went into this fixture seeking revenge from their narrow loss in overtime earlier in the season. Moulton missing multiple players through injury and Havering not able to bring their full team, this meant both teams were even prior to the tip.  Within the first few minutes of the game, the tone was set. Both teams testing each other’s defences but without creating much distance between each other in the first quarter.  Havering edging the first quarter 21 to Moulton’s 19.

The second quarter saw Havering outscoring Moulton 24 to 11.   Havering using their size advantage through the first two quarters. With D Wright attacking the glass at both ends of the court and dominating the Mouton’s defence with his physical presence. Moulton were constantly penetrating the Havering  defence and drawing fouls but unable to convert from the free throw line.

The Third quarter saw Moulton edge the quarter with 17 to Havering’s 16 points, J Ntumba and D Williams-Brown stepping forward for the Moulton Team.

True to form Moulton came back into the game in the fourth quarter chasing down the Havering lead. Moulton bringing the game down from 14 down going into the fourth to 4 points with 2 minutes left on the clock.  Moulton being led by Ntumba and Williams-Brown. Despite going to line numerous times, Moulton just could not get back onto even terms with a well drilled Havering Team.  Both teams seeing 2 players foul out each during the game.  Havering managed to hang on to the win. 70-76.

Head Coach Tom Brinkley stated, “We wanted to win this game, we lost by 7 earlier in the season in overtime and knew today was going to be tight. Despite missing keys players, I am happy with the defence effort and output in general by the team.  We have a habit of switching off in the third, yet today they really pushed on. Felt we should have done better but not taking the free throws was our downfall.. “

Top scorers:  Havering   D. Wright 19, B.Martinkus 18, T.Aliao 9, Moulton J.Ntumba 31, D Williams-Brown 22, L Smith 9