W1 started with a slow start for but were able to pull away slowly in the first quarter to end it at 16-5. The team decided to work on some of their tactical stuff and but made some mistakes executing our presses. The opponents used those opportunities very well and made 8 points by smartly countering the girls pressure. Slowly they were climbing back in it when the scoreboard showed 24-16 but then it was over for St. Andrews who went with only 2 points in 16 minutes of game play. The team steadily kept going and pulled away. The game ended with 76-23 on the board. A good win without playing great basketball. Sarah Thomson played her first official game after having been out for about ten weeks. She managed to score 4 points but also grab 11 rebounds in about ten minutes of playing time. Hannah Robb and Hannah Peacock also came back from an injury and played small minutes contributing 6 and 8 points to the win.
It was a tough away game for the M1’s who came up short in today’s fixture against Sheffield Hallam university. The first quarter was very much a tight affair with defence prevailing over offence on both sides. This was reflected on the score board with the men trailing 13-11 entering the second period. The game followed a similar path in the second stanza with neither team able to put a run on the other. Cameron O’Donnell – who joined the side due to a severe lack of players making the trip- undoubtedly came up with one of the highlights of the game with a 2 handed slam on the fast break. Despite this, the university lost the period by 5 and entered the half down 31-24. With the players suffering from fatigue, Sheffield were able to capitalise on the lack of depth within Edinburgh’s side. Strong ball movement paired with an influx of made 3 pointers from the hosts resulted in the game opening up ad the score stretching to eventually finish 69-44 to the hosts. It is disappointing as with a full team the game was certainly winnable- indeed, Edinburgh may well have been favourites. Nevertheless, it was a great effort from the guys on the day.
M2s beat Stirling M1s at home on Wednesday 70-61. After a slow start that saw the team down 4 after 10 minutes the Edinburgh side stuck to their game plan and won each of the last 3 quarters. The coaches feel that this was the teams most balanced game all season with 10 players scoring. First years Shawn Schneidereit and Alexander Boggon both had their best games since joining the university team and it was their combined efforts to start the second half that helped spark Edinburgh’s run. The team would like to thank Matt Young and Oliver Schmidt, players who are leaving at the end of the semester. Their passion and strong play has helped the M2s finish the semester at the top of their league and while their contributions will be missed the coaches and team are eager to continue to improve and finish the season in the same position.
Good win for M3, they started off very well playing intense defense and took an early 15-point lead in the beginning of the first quarter. The lead never went below 10 points after that. Edinburgh college made many come back attempts but a big game from Pengfei Li where he hit a team high 3 three pointers in the second quarter kept them at bay. EUBC managed to maintain an aggressive approach, continuously attacking the basket and going to the line many times in order to secure the win. Final score was 79-61.