Arrows Sink Sharks to Claim Bragging Rights

Arrows Sink Sharks to Claim Bragging Rights

The Derbyshire Arrows U18 team made a winning start to 2017 as they claimed an emphatic 75-41 victory over local rivals Sheffield Sharks at All Saints.

The Arrows, who were without the influential pair of Ellis Salim and Wadah Hassan, were dominant throughout this U18 North East Conference clash behind Rickyle Anderson’s 24 points personal, which included a sharp shooting 6 out of 7 conversions from three point range. Abdi Said also continued his strong offensive form as he added 18 points to the Arrows success.

After an early Sharks three pointer to open the game, the Arrows quickly took control of the match up as their solid defence created fast break opportunities. Said was at the heart of the Arrows offence as he went for 14 points in the quarter to set the Arrows on their way. Ben Wright was responsible for giving the Arrows an inside presence as he linked nicely with Anderson to give the Arrows a 28-15 advantage at the close of the first quarter.

Coach Nelson Mario demanded a ruthless effort in the second quarter in an attempt to put the game beyond the Sharks and it was Mario’s team he stormed the second quarter by 17-8. Anderson added two of his six three pointers in the quarter as Asad Shaikh and Connor McFarlane added great intensity as the Arrows made changes. As time expired to bring the first half to an end, the Arrows were in clear control of the game with a 45-23 lead.

The visiting Arrows rotated their line up as coaches Nelson Mario and James Kelly gave their hungry squad a chance to impress. Abdi Jama and Adam Wood were relentless on defence as the Sharks struggled to add to their score while Troy Richards finished some impressive Arrows fast break attacks. A basket from the reliable Owen Norfolk lead the Arrows to another successful quarter as the scoreboard read 63-28 with a quarter remaining.

The fourth quarter of the game saw French guard Clement Heymann dictate the Arrows tempo at the offensive end as he added four points in the quarter. Promising U16 duo Anton Palmer and Alex Lycoudis both gave strong cameo performances as the Arrows ended the contest 75-41 victors.

Scorers: Anderson 24, Said 18, Wright 8, Richards 8, Shaikh 5, Heymann 4, Palmer 4, Norfolk 4.

After the game Arrows Coach James Kelly commented:

We were very happy with how the team performed. Although we had a sizeable advantage on the scoreboard, we remained focus and clinical throughout which was particularly pleasing. We were happy that we gave some valuable experience to Anton Palmer and Alex Lycoudis who we feel we have a big part to play at this level next season.

The Arrows return home to Killamarsh next weekend as they entertain York Vikings.

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