Killamarsh Arrows 87, Manchester Magic 84
The Killamarsh Arrows found themselves down seven points with a minute to go but found the spirit to clinch a dramatic victory by scoring ten unanswered points against the might of Manchester Magic by 87–84. Rob Valentine led all scorers in the game with 29 points and his flawless foul shooting in the end game was to prove decisive as the Arrows who had trailed for all but the last 16 seconds snatched the victory.
All had looked tough going for the Arrows who struggled throughout a first quarter onslaught which saw the Magic burst into a 28–19 advantage.
The Arrows welcomed back Svetoslav Aleksandrov to their ranks and he managed to open his account well supported by Andrew Chiguri who seemed to be running everywhere to try and stem the Magic’s flow as he connected with Sam Spare on a cut to the basket.
The Arrows finally in the second quarter got a foothold in the game as Valentine, James Kelly and Akin Lisk–Carew all found a way through the Magic defence. However try as they could they could only tie the quarter 22–22 which left Manchester ahead at 50–41.
The Arrows continued to compete at all aspects of the game in the third period making the Magic fight for every opportunity. Andrew Purnell made an important contribution as the battle raged with another quarter shared at 22–22.
The Arrows fought on into the fourth quarter and an important contribution from Joseph Bossley and the continued efforts of Aleksandrov and Lisk–Carew finally ate slightly in to the deficit as did a number of successful “three pointers” from Valentine.
However with a minute to go the Arrows were down seven but a series of scores saw the Arrows down one with 23 seconds left when Valentine was fouled intentially following a steal.
He was coolness personified as he sank the pair to give the Arrows a one point advantage soon to be three with now six seconds to go as he again connected from the foul line.
Manchester attempted two late attempts of their own but the Arrows could not be denied at 87–83.
Arrows scorers: Valentine 29, Lisk–Carew 19, Aleksandrov 16.
York Eagles U16s 59, Killamarsh Arrows U16s 66
The Arrows U16s well led by Andreas Lycoudis and the scoring of Aidan Dennison notched up an opening day victory at York when they recorded a 66–59 win.
It fell to Matthew Bristow to score the opening basket of the new season as every player made a scoring contribution.
The shooting of Aidan Dennison was a feature in the opening quarter as the East Midlands U15’s star came on to not only shackle the dangerous Quinn but contribute eight points personally. This game also marked the return to action of Ross Walcott after a long injury break.
The Arrows reached the end of the first quarter ahead 15–9 and good work from Lycoudis and Hopkinson in the second quarter saw the Arrows ahead 38–26 at the interval.
There had been further good baskets from Martin, Selah Mohammed and Abdi Mohammed during this period.
York were to come on strong in the second half but the Arrows showed great spirit as the foul count began to grow. However good work from Alex Martin, Ross Walcott, Connor Hicken and the reliable Dennison meant that the Arrows ran out deserved winners by 66–59.
Scorers: Dennison 14, Lycoudis 12, Abdi Mohamed 10, Hopkinson 10, Martin 6, Bristow 5, Walcott 4, Hicken 3, Selah 2.
The Arrows U16s will face the Oldham Titans on Saturday.
York Eagles U18s 62, Killamarsh Arrows U18s 66
The Arrows U18s recovered from a slow first quarter, in which they trailed 19–11 to record a narrow points victory by 66–62.
The Arrows trio of Will Hopper (23), Mitchell Dennison (16) and Nick Holt (15) led the team in scoring.
Both Mitchell Dennison and Nick Holt have some experience with the Senior men both recording minutes the previous week and this was a factor in the second half.
The Arrows struggled at the start and looked rather nervous however a nice basket by Andreas Lycoudis and a pair of free throws from Will Hopper steadied the ship for the Arrows.
But they still trailed at the interval by 38–32.
The third quarter saw Will Hopper and Nick Holt combining well together the pair notching all of the 15 points the Arrows scored in the quarter. Will Hopper hitting two “three pointers” but the Arrows continued to trail at 50–47 going into the final quarter of the game.
Mitchell Dennison went on to score nine points in the final quarter and this with a crucial score from Gareth Williams edged the Arrows ahead finally inside the last few minutes while Nick Holts basket secured a narrow but deserved victory.
Scorers: Hopper 23, Dennison 16, Holt 15, Williams 8.
The Arrows will face the Junior Sharks on Saturday at Killamarsh SC at 3.30pm.