Brilliant Baugh puts Arrows in Play Off Picture

Encon Derbyshire Arrows 90 Chester 84

Joseph Baugh produced an incredible star performance to see the Encon Derbyshire Arrows burst into the play off picture with a dramatic 90 – 84 victory over Chester at a packed Dronfield Sports Centre. Joseph Baugh had an amazing double double of 32 points and 12 rebounds that helped tip the game in favour of the Encon Derbyshire Arrows.

The standard of basketball was of a high standard from the onset as these two teams were locked together in league position. George Brownell hit a pair of 3 pointers for the Arrows , while both Joseph Baugh and Callum McKenzie added baskets before a buzzer beating 3 pointer from Chester’s Ray saw the arrows close the quarter trailing 18 – 21.

The Arrows gathered themselves in the break and played some thrilling high speed basket with George Brownell, Jacob Parades and Xavier McIntosh from a James Kelly assist all scoring 3 pointers but it was the 3 pointer on the buzzer from Joseph Baugh that gave the Arrows a narrow advantage at the interval leading 42 – 37.

That advantage disappeared in the third quarter as momentum shifted towards Chester who made a series of shots under pressure to take the quarter 25 – 18 and lead overall at 62 – 60.

The stakes were high going into the final quarter with the Arrows gaining an early advantage through Joseph Baugh and Jeff Smith however it looked bleak midway through the quarter as the Arrows trailed 76 – 70. Suddenly Joseph Baugh hit a 3 pointer then Jacob Parades and 2 more 3 pointers from Mattz Mastalerz put the Arrows remarkably ahead by 3 points with 3 minutes to play. The final minutes were tense as Chester tried everything to get back into the game. The Arrows were rock – solid from the line as Callum McKenzie and then George Brownell iced the game at 90 – 84.

Arrows Scorers; Joseph Baugh 32, Xavier McIntosh 14, George Brownell 13, Callam McKenzie 11, Mattz Mastalerz 10

This win moves the Arrows overall record to 9 – 7 and into the last play off place with 4 games to play starting with a 5.15pm game on Sunday 23rd February at Dronfield Sports Centre.

Coach Jonny Kelly was gushing with praise for his team “This was a must win game and to have 5 different players in double figures is a tribute to our team ethos. In addition, Napthali Nembhard and James Kelly brought tremendous defensive intensity to the game which limited the effectiveness of Chester’s best attackers. Lastly, I must pay tribute the skill, class and leadership of Joseph Baugh the league’s best player who inspires everyone with his ability. He embodies the spirit of the club. He plays as a free spirit blessed with talent but incredibly humble a true all-star”.

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