Basketball: Wildcats strike spurs York Eagles to a soaraway basketful of victories

YORK Eagles Basketball teams revelled in a clean sweep of victories over Durham Wildcats.

All three of the Eagles sides – the Under-18s, U16s and U14s – sent the Wildcats scurrying back north in defeat at York College.

And the highlight was the U16s’ 120-49 conquest, which ensured the highest ever club points total in a single match and the best this season in the Northern U16 League.

Top of the table York took full advantage of playing one of their weaker opponents by surging into a 28-11 lead after the first quarter.

The destruction of the Durham visitors continued apace led by captain Uji Thjapa who finished with a 25-point haul, though there was a slight slackening off by the hosts in the third quarter.

The Eagles completed the ton with a three-pointer from Russell Quinn before Joe Metcalfe sealed the club’s highest score with the final two points of the 120.

Next up will be Barrow at York College this Saturday.

The scorers were: Uji Thapa 25, Peter Pittaway 17, Matt Ensor 14, Oliver Scott 12, Ross Leckenby 12, Aidan Horton 12, Joe Metcalfe 11, Russell Quinn 8, Adam Sedgwick 4 and Christian Nicholson 4.

Victory for the U18s was far closer, the hosts 67-60 to the good but only after struggling for consistency.

The first quarter started well with David Thompson and Henry McGregor combining to score 14 of the 23 points and give York a well deserved lead. The strong inside presence of York was a key factor that Durham toiled to contain and, with limiting Durham to 13 points, ensured it was the best quarter for York.

Only eight points were mustered in the next quarter by York, before the turning point in the third as Thompson and Brandon Pringle bagged ten points apiece.

York’s display then deteriorated in the last quarter thanks to poor offenses and an even messier defensive sets.

The scorers were: David Thompson 26, Brandon Pringle 17, Matt Richardson 10, Henry McGregor 7, Alex Metcalfe 4, Freddie Batchelor Collins 3, James Patrick.

After a few disappointing results, York Eagles U14s overcame a good Durham team 59-46.

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