Arrows take down Eagles in extra time

Basketball
Basketball

Killamarsh Arrows U18s needed extra-time to see off Newcastle Eagles in a thrilling contest that had coach Jon Kelly exhausted.

Locked at 64-64 at the end of normal time, the lead changed six times in the additional five minutes as emotions ran high and Arrows eventually triumphed 78-75.

Matt Bristow got Arrows on the board before Zorian Zaheer came up with two big baskets and captain Andreas Lycoudis kept his nerve from the free throw line.

A desperate three-point attempt at the end of the game missed for the Eagles and the buzzer sounded for a dramatic three-point win in favour of the Arrows.

Coach Kelly said: “This game was exhausting mentally for everybody involved. At times the lead was like a tennis rally going back and forth.

“The young men showed a lot of courage to grind it out in overtime after the fourth quarter heart break. I am very proud and can’t wait to play our rivals (Sheffield Sharks) this coming Saturday.”

Andreas Lycoudis, Abdifatah Mohamed, Ross Walcott, Aidan Dennison and Jordan Hopkinson helped build the lead and allowed new U16s star Rickyle Anderson to enter the fray. Anderson made an immediate impression.

Arrows held a seven-point lead at the break and Newcastle fought back in the second half. The hosts had the chance to win it from the free throw line before regulation time expired but passed up the chance before the overtime drama.

Scorers: Walcott 24, Lycoudis 23, Mohamed, Anderson and Bristow 6, Zaheer 5, Dennison 4, Hopkinson 4.