SL Colliers vs Renfrew Rocks
National League Under 16 Cadet Men
28th Sep, 2014 @ Renfrew Sports Centre
Final Score: SL Colliers 61-74 Renfrew Rocks
The Colliers travelled to Renfrew sports centre on Sunday for their season debute and the clubs first ever national league game. Colliers started strong and opened the scoring with a 3 pointer from Calum Alexander. The team was focused and made steals that lead to finishing the 1st quarter with 21 points. Foul trouble became a factor from the first few minutes finding Chris Duncan and Ross Hendry with 2 fouls each at the end of the first period. K. Lavelle was dominant scoring 8 points in the first quarter and Colliers never managed to stop him from scoring during the game.
Second period started with Colliers struggling to score and making poor choices offensively that cost in turnovers and easy baskets for the Rocks. We came back at the last 5 mins with patience in offence and good choices that lead to some good baskets. At the same time foul problems were continuing with Alexander Blair and Ciaran Hughes being on 3 and 2 fouls and Chris Duncan on his 3rd by the end of the period.
Colliers began the 2nd half strong and being really competitive. Jonathon Andrews 3 pointer was a much needed confidence boost and the team was doing really well up to the last two minutes of the quarter were Ross Hendry and Alexander Blair were both on 4 fouls.
In the last period Colliers were doing really good job but the foul trouble held the team back and ended up playing with 4 players for the last 6 mins and that cost Colliers the game.
Overall it was a good first appearance for the team. Lot's of room for improvement and things to work on, but the great work ethics all the players have could only lead to better days.
Calum Alexander top scored with an impressive 24 points followed by 18 points from Chris Duncan.
"It was exciting to see our cadets play their first national league game and start off so well. I was impressed with their energy and this showed when they finished the first half up by 5 points. Despite not getting the win (and finishing with 4 players on the court) it was a good first outing in the national league for our young players. For the club, we have come so far in such a short period of time and I am excited about the season ahead," Club Development Officer, Ross Hutton.