Arrows blunted by Hoods in narrow defeat
Linbraze Arrows were edged out 80-77 by Nottingham Hoods which ended their run of narrow victories.
The Arrows played well for the most part to narrowly lead after three quarters at 56-51 but this time were edged out at the death as Denis Scott led all scorers with 28 points.
It was another typically tight encounter with the teams locked together 18-18 at the end of the first quarter.
In fact the Arrows, showing fine skill, were able to work themselves a 40-34 interval lead which could have been more had not a Hoods three-pointer given them momentum.
The third quarter was a closely contested affair, but in Denis Scott and Joseph Baugh the Arrows appeared to hold firm at 56-51.
Sadly for the Arrows they fell off the pace defensively, succumbing time and again to the Hoods’ fast break giving up 29 points in the quarter.
This time there was to be no escape and Arrows overall record is now 5-3.
Arrows scorers: Denis Scott 28, Andreas Lycoudis 12, Luke Parker 11, Joseph Baugh 10, James Kelly 10.
This week the Arrows face Team Newcastle at Queens Park Chesterfield on Saturday at 6.30pm.
Team Newcastle are one of the bigger budgeted teams so the Arrows will be underdogs, despite having home advantage.
This Sunday at the Queens Park Sports Centre (3.30pm) the Derbyshire Gems will meet a team from possibly the most famous women’s club in the country, the Sheffield Hatters.
It is a hugely significant game for the Gems, several of them having spent some time with the Hatters at some point in their careers.
Captain Kate Loftus and lead guard Kendal James will be leading the Gems bid to record their first win at this level on the Hatters.
It is sure to be hotly contested with neither team expected to take a backward step.
Coach Pete Kelly said: “We are ready to go and measure our development.
“We are above them at present in the League and that is because we have earned that place.
“I have total confidence in my group. They have the skill, fitness and mental approach to get this game”
Ben Wright’s 21 points secured a victory for Arrows’ U18s against Durham Wildcats by 64- 41.
After a defeat by league leaders Bradford Dragons, Arrows’ U16s hit top form at East Durham Lions, recording a mammoth 103-29 victory.