The Eagles were looking to get a good away win ahead of a big weekend of fixtures on the 10th and 11th November… Barrow were looking for their first win of the season… The Eagles travelled minus Blake Keeble with injury and Shaq Freeman due to work commitments….
The game got off to a hectic start with both teams scoring early on before the officials made their mark and started to call foul after foul causing issues to both coaches… By the 5th minute the score stood at 14-8 with the Thorns shooting 10 free throws… The 2nd half of the period remained a similar affair but the Eagles edged it 24-27….
The 2nd 10 minutes saw the boys in black start to dominate the game with some better defence which lead to some slick fast breaking and by the midpoint of the 10 minutes it was 30-38…. The Eagles closed out the half with another good scoring burst making it 36-50…. (12-23) the foul count stood at 31 across both teams….
The 3rd quarter again saw both teams make changes defensively as they both played zone to protect the players from the over enthusiastic officials… The Eagles again were scoring freely off some good rebounding and defensive pressure allowing them to push onto 49-73…. (13-23)
The 4th period was another strong 10 minutes from the Eagles as they proved to be a thorn in Barrows side restricting the home team to 9 points as they ran up 21 of their own closing the game out at 58-94….
Eagles U23 head coach Graham Heath said “We came and did a professional job both ends of the floor… It’s tough at times to stay motivated when you are cruising… Our percentages from the perimeter were again very good, as was our free throws however again too many missed field goal opportunities and our defence early on wasn’t great… As a team everyone contributed and we must now get ready to face top of the table Doncaster and Swindon in a double header away….”
Eagles Top Scorers- Domantas Karpinskas 24, Alex Horta 21, Chris Linsley 14 and Tom Usher 12….
Next week sees the Eagles U23 away to both Doncaster in the league on 10th November and Swindon in the national shield on 11th November….