Varsity Basketball 2015: Match Report
On Monday 27 May 2015, the Basketball teams from the University of Nottingham visited the Capital FM arena to face off against the teams from Nottingham Trent University, in the Annual Varsity Series.
By NTU students James Carstairs and Ola Fisayo
On Monday 27 April 2015, the Basketball teams from the University of Nottingham visited the Capital FM arena to face off against the teams from Nottingham Trent University, in the Annual Varsity Series. A women's team, a wheelchair team and a men's team were submitted by both universities to play their respective opposition for the title of Varsity Champions 2015.
The first game of the night was the women's teams, which tipped off at 5.30 pm. Even before the game began, the Trent girls knew they had a task ahead, as the UoN women's team had gained an average win margin of 75 points per game over their current BUCS (British Universities and Colleges Sport) season.
The NTU girls started confidently, led by encouraging efforts from Fern Jackson (4) and great athleticism from Jessica Eze (11). However the University of Nottingham team wielded a clinical dominance that the NTU girls couldn't find, the first quarter finished at 4 - 25 to UoN's advantage.
By half time, the score was 14-55 in UoN's favour, but the start of the second half was strong for the Trent girls, who quickly made it 24-65, but the girls from the University of Nottingham created and took many more chances, finishing the game 36-100. The match MVP was Danielle Fiacco, and for NTU, Fern Jackson.
The wheelchair basketball teams held an exhibition match in-between the men's and the women's varsity games, which saw a great comeback by the Trent squad, coming from 6-2 down, to win 6-16. A superb display of skill and agility from Jack Waring led the team to a well-deserved win.
By 8.30pm, the crowds for both universities had gathered for the men's game, and the atmosphere was charged with both sides chanting, ready to support their teams. One of the pre match quotes comes from William Parking the new president of Trent basketball, he said that they were looking for, "a lot of hard work, sweat and just Trent Basketball. The boys are determined and I know they can do it."
The match started with J. Grewal (17) for NTU and U.K. Anyaegbunam (12) for University of Nottingham jumping for the tip off. Early baskets from Grewal, Williams and Monk got NTU to 14 points in the first period. However, with some fouls and a great point play by P. Zapata, UoN held a slim 8 point lead with the first quarter ending 14 - 22.
The second quarter began with a strong start for UoN, leading to a couple of points, including a dunk from the captain P. Daley. NTU stayed close though, Williams (8) had great hustle and work rate, and R. Ryan (13) had a few chances with a great 3 point shot early in the quarter. UoN extended their lead with great team play, retaining possession and opening up gaps in the NTU defence. At the end of the second period the score was 22 - 36.
The third quarter started much like the second, with the UoN team getting the first points. NTU saw a lot of chances but couldn't seem to find the net as well as the clinical UoN team could. There was a huge amount of passion in the third, with NTU reducing the deficit to around 20 points at times, but the UoN team finished strong. The quarter ended 34 - 62 in UoN's favour.
The final quarter of the match saw NTU battling hard, but with great team play by The University of Nottingham's power forward and point saw them increase their lead. The match finished 56 - 82 in favour of UoN, but the game was full of positivity and intensity from the NTU boys.
T. Mayo (15) had this to say, "It was a hard defeat to take but the guys put everything into it, they (UoN) brought more than physicality into the game and that showed, but the NTU guys showed heart and that came through so much to all our spectators."
Varsity Basketball 2015: Match Report
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