Short Handed Arrows Record Key Win
Derbyshire Arrows U14 63-45 Hatfield Fliers
A short-handed Arrows team faced Hatfield Fliers looking to continue their perfect 6-0 start to the season. The Arrows were missing 3 players through injury and illness heading into the game so a strong team effort was needed to get the win.
The game started with both teams trading baskets in a close quarter. Danny McCurdy showed aggression as he was able to attack the basket to score 6 points in the quarter. Jack Godber also scored 5 points in the quarter with his smart play. Isaac Askwith also contributed on both ends with strong defence and a couple of mid-range shots to score his first points of the game. The Arrows ended the quarter winning 15-14 in a hard-fought battle.
The second quarter proved crucial as the Arrows stepped up their defensive intensity, limiting Hatfield to only 6 points in the quarter. Danny McCurdy continued his impressive first half showing scoring 14 points in the quarter as Hatfield struggled to contain his aggressive play. Jack Godber also added 6 more points to his tally with some nice mid-range shooting. Through their impressive team defensive effort, the Arrows took the quarter 20-6 to head into half time with a solid 35-20 lead.
Hatfield came out after the half time break with aggressive defence of their own pushing a 10-2 run to cut the lead to 6 points. As the Arrows regathered their rhythm, Isaac Askwith took the lead and scored 7 points to end the Hatfield run. The Arrows ended the 3rd quarter with a 7-3 run to maintain their lead heading into the final quarter with the score at 45-35.
After a difficult 3rd quarter the Arrows again used solid team defence and aggressive play to start the quarter with a 14-2 run to extend the lead up to 22 points to put the game beyond doubt. During that run, Adam Kemali showed his ever-improving game with a long range 2 point shot and Lloyd Askwith was able to compose himself to score his own mid-range basket followed by a nice finish in the key. Danny McCurdy went back to his aggressive display, scoring 8 points in the quarter. The game finished 63-45 to the Arrows in a tough battle to continue their impressive start to the season.
Despite not being able to find a basket, returning James Stennett worked hard to disrupt the Hatfield offence as well as solid contributions from Alex Blount, Aidan Abbottspooner and Zane Abbott in the win.
The Arrows u14s have a weekend off next week before another tough test as they travel to York Eagles.
Scorers: Danny McCurdy 28, Jack Godber 15, Isaac Askwith 14, Lloyd Askwith 4 and Adam Kemali 2