D1: Derby deflect Arrows to reach Cup Fourth Round
Derbyshire Arrows 85 (15, 40, 67)
Derby Trailblazers 94 (18, 42, 67)
Men’s National Cup - Third Round
Derby Trailblazers will host Loughborough Students Riders in the fourth round of the Men’s National Cup, after they came through a tricky challenge against Derbyshire Arrows.
The Trailblazers eventually came away with a 94-95 victory, but not before their North Derbyshire based division two opponents had provided one or two scares along the way.
Derby went into the game with the intention of using it to blood some of their young academy players into division one action. As such, there were debuts for Callum Singleton and Leyton Elliott-Sewell, with the former being afforded a place in the starting five, alongside fellow teenager Kayne King.
Josh Ward-Hibbert, Oli Stanley and Brian Amabilino Perez completed the five for Derby, who got off to a good start in the game. King opened the scoring with a mid-range jump shot. The Arrows replied with a pair of free-throws, before Derby quickly extended their lead to 10-4.
Head Coach Matt Shaw opted for an unusual five-way substitution midway through the opening quarter and initially at least, there was no visible sign of his side losing their control on the game. The lead was stretched to 18-9, before Arrows ended the first quarter with six straight points.
A further six unanswered points followed at the start of the second, as the home side took their first lead courtesy of that 12-nil run either side of the first break.
Once in front, they kept their noses ahead for some considerable time, despite a crowd-pleasing alley-oop pass from Rema Lascelles through to Ward-Hibbert.
Something of a three-point shoot-out followed, with Derby netting three and Arrows two. Lascelles then put the Trailblazers back in front with a pair of free throws. Joseph Baugh made one of two to tie the scores at 37-all, before King followed nailed a three-pointer and converted a pair of three-pointers to put the Blazers 42-37 ahead.
The lead was however, short lived, with Arrows straddling the half time break with seven straight points, but that was the cue for Brian Amabilino Perez to step up and produce a strong second half performance.
He started with a three-pointer and followed it up with dunk off an assist from King to restore a five point lead.
Arrows responded with a tip in from Matt Wilson, before Brian Amabilino Perez was at it again, with a basket and an assist for a Ward-Hibbert score. After stretching the lead to 56-50, Derby opted for another five way change, but this time, it wasn’t as effective.
Back-to-back three-pointers from Aaron Moseley helped the Chesterfield side move 62-59 ahead, before a Ward-Hibbert triple tied the game once more.
The scores were still tied at the end of the third, but in a similar pattern to the previous three quarters, Arrows started strongly to lead 74-69. Once again, it was Brian Amabilino Perez who came to the rescue with seven of the points in a 9-0 run, which also included a coast-to-coast drive from Max Morrison.
That left Derby 74-78 ahead with around five minutes remaining, but Arrows once again tied the game at 85-all with 1’39” on the clock, thanks to another pair of three-pointers from Moseley.
The home side then resorted to fouling, but Lascelles sank four of four at the line and then Chris Taylor netted a three-pointer, followed by another pair of free-throws, to complete a 9-nil run and seal the victory.
“Our primary focus for Sunday’s game was on trying to improve,” said the Trailblazers Head Coach Matt Shaw.
“In addition, it was a good opportunity to give Leighton [Elliott-Sewell] and Callum [Singleton] some serious playing time with the division one group. We feel they are both close to being involved on a more regular basis and they both performed well.
“For their part, the Arrows also played well and made us work hard for the victory, so it was a good game in that respect,” he said.
The fourth round draw has given Derby a home tie against Loughborough Student Riders, which will be played on Sunday October 30th at the Clarence Wiggins Sports Centre; tip-off: TBC.
Arrows: Moseley 20, Scott 19, Baugh 18, Lycoudis 9, Broodie 8, Wilson 6, Kelly 5, Dennison 0, Heymon 0, Ngmbhard 0.
Derby: Ward-Hibbert 29, B. Amabilino Perez 20, Lascelles 13, Taylor 10, Morrison 9, King 7, Stanley 4, A. Amabilino Perez 2, Elliott-Sewell 0, Silva 0, Singleton 0.
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The following is a summary of both the club’s results from Sunday. Our Saturday results are shown on a separate press release:
D1 Cup R3: Derbyshire Arrows 85-94 Derby Trailblazers
D4 Men: Derby Trailblazers 63-77 Team Wolverhampton
Game photos: https://www.flickr.com/photos/derbytrailblazersbasketball/albums