Mixed results for Cats on their trip to East London.
Cambridge Cats went to East London with a depleted squad this weekend due to injuries.
National League Division 4
Barking and Dagenham Thunder 77
Cambridge Cats 65
Saturday’s game was an uphill struggle from the first tip with Barking and Dagenham’s running game on offence and trap game on defence. Cats were forced into turnover after turnover, leading to a 10 point lead opening up within the first four minutes. Cats went to their inside game which helped them pull themselves back into game, Cats battled right to end of the game showing that they won’t go away with a fight in any contest. Sam Richardson top scored for cats with 25 helped along by Paolo Costa and Billy Beddows both getting 10 points respectively.
National Shield Round 2
Cats returned to the Barking Abbey Leisure Centre early Sunday afternoon to play Div 3 side Barking Abbey Academy who it has to be noted have a fantastic set up developing the skills of some the countries best young talent. Cambridge taking the lessons learnt from the previous days game played a much more controlled and methodical game using the full 24 seconds on offensive looking for the open man at times moving the ball extremely well making it very enjoyable for those in attendance. Barking Abbey tried just as Thunder did the day before to press and trap Cats however a more composed Cambridge dealt with this much better. The team ethic that Cats showed throughout this game really shone through every member of squad pulling their weight in grinding out this victory none more so than Chris Whybrow who rebounded, it seemed, everything that came his way. Clutch play once again down the stretch from Beddows hitting a big three to stop a 10-0 Abbey run was key in Cats grinding out this victory. Big performance also from Rafe Abrook who almost brought the hoop down with a monster dunk in the first half showing composure and cunning on both ends of the court. All around a solid Cats performance that will surely give Head Coach Pete Charlwood something to think about for this week’s practices and game selection. Abrook top scored with 15 followed by Beddows with 14 and Richardson with 10.
Cats now play conference rivals College of West Anglia Fury in the next round of the national shield 9th November. They must feel as though they can push on now with new players starting to settle in and team cohesion growing week by week.
Cambridge Cats next game is next week 25th October at St.Bedes School tip off is 6:45 against Anglia Ruskin University. Cats basketball is not to be missed so come show your support doors open at 6:15 and is free to enter.