Moulton College 74 – 107 Mayfield School

Both teams entered this match with defeats in their previous games and both were keen to stamp  their authority on the fixture. 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. Mayfield edging the first quarter 27 to Moulton’s 25.

The second quarter followed suit with Moulton narrowly outscoring the visitors 27-21. Going into half time with only a 2 point advantage at 48 to 46 respectively.

Throughout the first quarter both teams were showing their teeth, probing each other’s defence and testing each other’s will. During the second in game dunks by Jack and Ntumba energised the Moulton players into pushing for a slender lead at the break.

The Third quarter saw Mayfield pull away, playing a mid-court 3-2 press and forcing a number of mistakes by Moulton, allowing fast breaks and easy uncontested layups.  Moulton struggled to break the press and this limited Moulton’s offense. The third saw Mayfield score 31 to Moulton’s 8.

Moulton came back into the game in the fourth quarter, but the damage was done from the press in the 3rd.  Mayfield easing off the press and rotating their bench. Still putting 27 on Moulton, who in response from the sluggish 3rd hit 20 points respectively.

Head Coach Tom Brinkley stated, “We knew this conference was a tough conference. To see the players respond so well in the first two quarters and take a lead at the half for the first time this season was progress. We just could not match that same intensity and finishing in the third. Mayfield played as a team. All playing for the sake of the team. They maintained their intensity and work rate throughout the game.   “

Top scorers: Mayfield K.Dar 29 Points, A.Oscus-Maxwell 24 Points, J Jacobs 16. Moulton,  , J Jack 32, J Ntumba 12, D Williams 12

Mayfield travel to New City College in week 9, with Moulton traveling to Havering for their rearranged week 8 fixture.