UNIVERSITY OF YORK SECONDS 25-69 NEWCASTLE UNIVERSITY
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York men’s basketball seconds suffered their second defeat of the season against Newcastle University. The visitors were strong from the start and York found themselves 0-9 down within the first five minutes.
The away team then quickly added another four points to their tally before York took a time out to regroup. At first this seemed to have paid off as Andrius Gailiunas found the basket from the right. However Newcastle responded by taking three more points.
After a good build up Richard Zhang made it 4-21 from close range. Just before the first break Yuanzhang pulled another two points back for York when he hit the target from just inside the semi-circle.
In the second quarter York began aggressively and shot at the basket from the left. However the home side were caught off guard by a Newcastle counter attack and the visitors extended their lead. St John scored another basket before York started to put some pressure on the visitors.
After a good build up Theo Sideris was fouled and York gained a penalty. York gained a point from the penalty before Captain Matt Gosden scored a basket from a tough position. Richard Zhang then dribbled through the away defence to score a basket.
York’s run soon came to an end though when Newcastle took a point from a penalty at the half way stage. In the third quarter Newcastle only increased their lead. The away team were all over York and added 15 points to their total in a few minutes.
From then on there was no way back for the home side. While they clawed two points back the visitors marched on to a 37 point lead.
Richard Zhang scored a basket when he was allowed space in the semi-circle but this wasn’t enough to halt the side from the north east. York gained two penalties but could only get one point out of them before St John’s added to their lead.
With the score at 17-62 Kazolis Kincius gained three points for York when he found the basket from the right wing. Theo Sideris then hit the target from another long shot to put York on 23 points.
York gained two points after a Sideris pass found Webb who was waiting near the basket. With the clock ticking down Newcastle finished the match by scoring an additional five points to make the score 25-69. On his team’s performance York Captain Matt Gosden said, “Our defence was very poor today. Bad defence almost always leads to bad offence and that really contributed to today’s disappointing result.”
Team: A. Gailiunas, J.Zicanis, M.Gosden (Captain), K.Kincius, R.Zhang, T. Sideris, P.Andriuskevicius, C. Webb, P. Yuanzhang, T. Humphries, J.Prescott, M.Brook