Bulldogs increase lead as Lasers slip
BasketballANOTHER win for Bury Bulldogs sees them still very much in control of the Ipswich and District League, and with BT Lasers slipping up against California Cougars there is now more daylight between the league leaders and the second-placed side.
ANOTHER win for Bury Bulldogs sees them still very much in control of the Ipswich and District League, and with BT Lasers slipping up against California Cougars there is now more daylight between the league leaders and the second-placed side.
Bury visited Holbrook Eagles and came off second best in the first half. Fourteen points from Simon Harvey and Nick Newman gave Holbrook the edge in the opening quarter and with Cheikh Fall knocking down six points in as many minutes in the second, it was the Eagles who led by nine at half time.
Chris Dixon's 12 personal in the third began to turn the game in Bury's favour and, with the Eagles only managing four baskets, Bury took a three-point lead into the final quarter.
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With the Eagles struggling to find the hoop in the fourth and Aaron Caldwell hitting 11 personal, the visitors had a slightly flattering 20-point lead by the end.
BT Lasers lost the chance to keep up with Bury at the top when they went down to California Cougars.
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Lasers were ahead by as many as 11 in the first quarter before Cougars narrowed the gap to one point with a 12-2 run.
The second quarter saw Lasers just keeping ahead but the gap was only three at half time.
Ten personal from Joe Rudd helped put Cougars ahead in the third but it was only a five-point game going into the final quarter.
Eight points from Leroy Manhertz in the final quarter and another 10 from Rudd ensured a well-earned victory for Cougars, with Rudd finishing on a game-high 34.
It was not a good week for the BT sides as Jets went down at home to Colchester Veterans.
The Vets have an outside chance of honours as they have three games in hand over Bury and are the only side to have beaten the Bulldogs this season, in the cup.
The Vets brought in Simon Wilkinson for his first game of the season but it was Ben Lister who gave the Vets a double-figure lead with 10 personal in the first quarter.
The Vets stretched the lead to almost 20 by half time and when they began the third with 17 unanswered points the game was all over.
Nathan Syrett hit a game-high 25 for the visitors but coach Peters ought to take some consolation that three of the Jets finished in double figures.