West Brom Basketball Club ended 2017 on a high, after they demolished Trojans 93-64 on their travels.
In what was the second and final meeting between the two teams this season, West Brom went into the game expecting a similarly physical encounter to their previous win over the side currently second from bottom in the league standings.
They got just what they expected in the opening quarter too, with the hosts bursting out of the blocks into a quick double digit lead.
With Ezekiel Cameron on coaching duties due to injury, a quick timeout was called to try and halt the opposing run, and it did the trick late on in the first quarter.
A cascade of three pointers along with an intense man to man defence quickly saw the defecit crumble, before the visitors took the lead by the end of the period.
The George Salter Academy based side are currently the highest scoring team in the division, and that offensive ability was proven once again, with quality shots and quick passing building the lead further in their favour.
By the half, West Brom had built a double digit lead which they would refuse to surrender for the remainder of the game.
Michal Banczer, who led the side with 36 points in the contest, continued to cause all sorts of problems for the Trojans defence, who became increasingly frustrated with whistles going against them.
Things quickly boiled over in the fourth quarter for the hosts, with technical fouls being issued, resulting in even more opportunities for West Brom to secure their lead.
The final minutes played out as a mere formality, with the hosts unable to mount a miraculous late comeback, helping West Brom to their third straight win in the league.
Speaking following the win, stand-in coach Cameron was happy with the way his players bounced back from the intense start to the game.
“I think we started off very slow, especially defensively.” he said.
“The intensity wasn’t enough in the first quarter and it showed, but throughout the game we really stepped up and showed why we are on such a good run right now.”
“It’s great to finish the year with a win, the squad has really developed since the beginning of the season, and we’re far better now as a unit than we were.”
“Trojans always bring a bit of an atmosphere, especially at home, but we have a great set of guys and support who quickly did their job to silence the home crowd.
“Wherever we go we seem to bring a solid atmosphere from the sidelines and it really helps our cause, especially when we go on those offensive runs which we’re capable of.”
West Brom Basketball Club can now look ahead to the New Year, when they host second placed Churchbridge in the reverse fixture of this campaign’s season-opener.
West Brom lost that clash in early October, and will be keen to exact revenge in what’s sure to be a tight encounter. Check out all of our fixtures here.
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