CATS ‘ROAR’ PAST ARU IN LOCAL DERBY
Anglia Ruskin Uni 58 – 91 Cambridge Cats
Cambridge Cats proved too strong for the university side in this local derby, which to have two Cambridge sides competing at National league level in itself is a positive reflection of the developments that have been made in basketball within Cambridge and the surrounding area.
Cambridge Cats continued to move forward in their quest for play off basketball this pastSaturday with a dominant performance against Anglia Ruskin University. Cats started strongly with a 8-2 run behind some strong play from S. Richardson who finished with 23 points in the game. However ARU switched to a zone defence which slowed the Cats scoring down the end of the 1st quarter finished 14 -9 in favor of the Cats. In the 2nd quarter Cambridge however did exploit the ARU zone defence rather well finding the gaps and rotating the ball well, leading to a lot of outside shots which the Cats were able to capitalise on hitting 6 three’s in the quarter to take a commanding lead into the second half 44-29.
In the 3rd quarter ARU capitalised on some sloppy play from the Cats who turned the ball over on consecutive occasions and narrowed the gap to 12 points. However strong play from R. Abrook and S. Richardson re established the Cats dominant position going into the 4th. The final quarter saw the Cats once again show their ability to shoot the long ball with player coach P. Charlwood hitting 3 back to back three’s in a 9-0 run to push the lead back out to 20 points. Cats gaurd B. Beddow who finished top scorer with 24 points, including 6 from beyond the 3pt line joined in on the act scoring 11 of his 24 in the final period with a great display of shooting. Cambridge were also able to give highly rated u18 prospect Jed Robinson, (recently selected for England U18 trials) some minutes to help further develop the young forwards experience. Cats dominated to the last quarter to take a convincing 91 – 58 victory.
Billy Beddows 24
Sam Richardson 23
Rafe Abrook 10
Cats will look to take up it up a notch in their next game against Northants Taures this Saturday at St.Bedes 6pm tip off come down and show your support.