City of Leeds Gold v Newcastle Eagles U14s
Score 34 – 79
Starting 5 Luke Tucker, Billy Crawshaw, Alfie Rhodes, Lewis Pinnock, Tyler Cadete
Newcastle won the tip and Tyler Cadet added the first points of the game onto the board for the Eagles, this set the tone for the game. A strong defence from Luke Tucker and Lewis Pinnock sent the ball to a waiting Billy Crawshaw for his first points of the game, quickly followed by his second. A steal from Tyler Cadete sent Luke Tucker to the basket for his first basket and a bewildered Leeds called a time out. The Eagle stood strong after the restart denying Leeds once again. Luke Tucker’s defensive skills at the Leeds end sent the ball back down the court to the waiting Billy Crawshaw who added more points to the Eagles total. Finally, Leeds found their way through the tough Eagles line and scored their first points of the game. Harry Merrifield joined the points party. Leeds were the first team to find themselves on the free throw line but they could not take full advantage. The tricky side line on this court caused a few problems for both teams stepping out of bounds causing unnecessary turnovers. Leo Glaholm was the first to step up to the free throw line for the Eagles taking full advantage and adding 2 points to the Eagles score line. The quarter ended 19 – 12 in favour of your Eagles.
Quarter 2 was opened by some strong defence from Ewen Atidjandra holding the Leeds players at bay forcing the ball back to the Eagles end and sending Harry Merrifield to the free throw line. Leo Glaholm made his first basket of the game quickly afterwards. Once again, the Eagles tough defence denied Leeds and Luke Tucker struck with an And 1 basket. Leeds had no real answer for this strong Eagles team and the fouls racked up due to their frustration. Luke Tuckers strong rebounding once again sent the ball back to the Eagles end for more points on the scoreboard for Leo Glaholm. Luke Tucker went from end to end with some solid defence at the Leeds end to a basket at the Eagles end. Perry Boston added his first points to the scoreboard with an And 1 of his own. Leeds found themselves on the free throw line for 2 points. An assist from Luke Tucker led to Tyler Cadet adding to his scoring tally. Again, Luke Tuckers defence frustrated Leeds allowing Alfie Rhodes his first basket. The quarter ended 41 – 17 in favour of your Eagles
Quarter 3 was opened once again by the Eagles strong defence sending the ball down court for a Eagles basket. Billy Crawshaw added more to his tally while the defensive duo of Luke Tucker and Lewis Pinnock kept the Lees baskets at bay. Tyler Cadete was next to step up to the free throw line taking full advantage. A nice steal from Luke Tucker lead to more points on his tally for the game. Leeds did finally break through to their basket to add some pints to their score line. A block from Billy Crawshaw frustrating Leeds once again. Not to be outdone Leo Glaholm was next to the points party. A time out was called and on return the Leeds team came out determined having a run of 3 baskets. Harry Merrifield broke their scoring run and the Eagles never looked back from this point. The quarter ended 57-26 to the Eagles
The final quarter started with a Harry Merrifield basket; Leeds however brought one straight back. Leo Glaholm added 2 more after an assist from Luke Tucker. Leeds headed to the free-throw line once again but could not take advantage. A time out was called by the Eagles bench. A quick foul by Leeds put Harry Merrifield on the free throw line for 2. A block and then steal by Luke Tucker lead to more points for his tally quickly followed by another 2 points. The Eagles defence stood strong, and baskets rained in from Leo Glaholm, Tyle Cadete and Ewen Aditjandra made his mark with a 3-point shot and the frustrated Leeds could find no answer to this amazing Newcastle team. Joseph Flint added his name to the scoresheet late in the quarter. The games ended 79-34 to the Eagles
The boys are looking forward to welcoming Manchester Magic to the Vertu Motors Arena on 20th November.