Three Rivers Academy 50 v 52 Uxbridge College

Uxbridge College opened the new season with a closely fought 50-52 victory on the road against Three Rivers Academy.

Both rosters have changed significantly from last season and the lack of chemistry and cohesion was evident in the season opener. Uxbridge were in control for large parts of the game before an 8-0 run by Three Rivers early in the 4th quarter saw them take the lead.

However, four consecutive misses from the free throw line by the hosts in the final minute gave the visitors an opportunity to win the game. The missed free throws would come back to haunt the home team as Uxbridge College’s M Benard came up with a big short corner jump shot to give them a 52-50 lead with just 2 seconds remaining. With Three Rivers out of timeouts, that shot would prove to be the difference.

Brett Greenwood and James Reeve led Three Rivers Academy with 18 and 16 respectively while B McCoy and R Montiero had 11-a-piece for Uxbridge.

Three Rivers Academy Head Coach Caylin Raftopoulos said: “The close losses are always the toughest, I’m gutted for my guys who were desperate to pick up the win on their home court to start the season. They showed great fight to come back after trailing for majority of the game, we have to learn from this defeat and continue to develop as a team. It’s never easy losing five starters but I believe with the hard work I’ve seen so far, this group will go from strength to strength as the weeks go on.”

In game week 2, Uxbridge will play host to Oasis Academy and Three Rivers will be on the road to West Thames College.