BBL Match Report - Cheshire Phoenix vs Caledonia Gladiators 78-61
The Gladiators were thwarted in Cheshire despite making an impressive comeback from 21-point deficit.
The Phoenix got off to an emphatic start as they took control of the first quarter and stormed into an 18-point lead before the Gladiators had even scored their first point.
Larry Austin and Jamal Anderson’s pivotal performances for Cheshire got off to a flying start in the first quarter as they were the driving forces behind the side’s early lead.
By the start of the second quarter, Caledonia were behind by 21 points.
The visitors managed to find their form in the second quarter though as Onwas played exceptionally well as he led his side in the charge to overturn the deficit.
Darian Adams also impressed in light blue in the second quarter as he pulled off impressive spin moves and scored important points for his side. Adams also pulled off an impressive slam dunk towards the end of the quarter as the threat of the Gladiators pulling level began to loom over the Phoenix.
Cheshire’s strong link up plays as well as their dogged determination and persistence in attack were what kept their lead together as they went into the half-time break ahead by seven.
Neither side managed to take control of the third quarter as the game turned into a ping pong match of back-and-forth baskets.
Towards the end of the third though, Caledonia’s defence shut down the Cheshire offence well and set up the visitors well to hunt down that equalising point.
It was David Sloan who would provide for the Gladiators as his mid-range shot put his side one point ahead with little under two minutes to go in the third quarter.
Jeremiah Bailey performed well in the third as he made good points to maintain the Gladiators lead into the final break.
With one point separating both sides, the game was set for a tense finish.
Jamal Anderson continued to shine for the Phoenix as well as Will Neighbour who supplied the home side with the lead once again.
The fourth quarter swung majorly in Cheshire’s favour as nothing was falling for the Gladiators.
Things got worse for Caledonia as Jeremiah Bailey took his fifth technical foul and was ejected from the game with four minutes left.
L. Austin and M Evans stood out in the final quarter as Cheshire closed out the game by leading with 17 points at 78-61.
By Sam Scouller