Arrows pick off Wolves to extend winning run

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Killamarsh Arrows recorded a sixth consecutive win with a powerful display against Worcester Wolves.

The north Derbyshire outfit banished the Wolves from their door before stepping on the gas midway throug the second quarter on their way to a 103-65 victory.

Arrows began brightly to take an early 14-3 advantage as Chris Dixon scored six quick points and baskets from Nathan Dacres and James Kelly forced a time out.

But the first quarter finished with Worcester finding baskets from the perimeter to close in on Arrows, who knew their opponents weren’t going to roll over, at 25-18

Wolves clawed their way back to within two points of Killamarsh at 30-28 before a streak of 20-2 from Arrows threatened to end the game as a contest.

Points were distributed around the team with McCallum, Baugh, Dixon and Scott all registering before the latter ended the run with a thunderous dunk.

At 52-35 at the half, Arrows made the perfect start to the third quarter with an 11-0 run, which included an impressive Andreas Lycoudis three-pointer.

Rory Wheatcroft showed that he can be a force in the second half of the season as he blocked, collected rebounds then contributed to the Arrows’ lead - 81-52 going in to the final quarter.

The fourth quarter saw a pair of dunks for McCallum and points for Kelly and Baugh. McCallum was cleaning up on the boards at both ends while Dixon was a classy influence on the game coming up with key baskets at key times.

Arrows cruised to a comfortable 103-65 victory and a 9-3 record this season. Dacres was at his most influential for Killamarsh with 13 points and a host of rebounds.

Scorers; Dixon 24, McCallum 24, Baugh 18, Dacres 13, Kelly 8, Scott 7, Wheatcroft 6, Lycoudis 3.

After an impressive performance against Derby Trailblazers last week, the Arrows U18s went in to the game against Doncaster Eagles full of confidence.

Matt Bristow and Ross Walcott started brightly, with six points each in the first ten minutes as all five starters got on the scoreboard in the quarter.

Arrows were two points adrift at the end of the first period but a below par second proved costly, as the Eagles scored freely to command a 54-38 lead.

Coach Jonny Kelly wanted a reaction in the third and that’s exactly what he got - the deficit down to six with ten minutes remaining. Arrows then went on a 14-6 run to lead by two and dared to dream of a remarkable comeback, however, heartbreak came in the form of some impressive Eagles shooting to sneak a 97-93 victory.

Arrows Scorers; Lycoudis 32, Bristow 19, Walcott 18, Mohamed 16, Dennison 8.

Jonathan Kelly said post game: “The second half was the best basketball I have ever seen them (Arrows) play.”