A plucky team effort from DMU Griffins was not enough to beat a hard working Nottingham Trent University (NTU) with the final score 61-54 to the visitors.
NTU took an early lead in the first quarter which was aided by DMU’s poor passing – it seemed like they couldn’t find their rhythm in the opening quarter and in the final two minutes, were 10 points behind. By the end of the first quarter, they were trailing by a big margin, 21-8.
After a brief scolding from the coach, DMU came out in the second quarter with all guns blazing, narrowing the deficit to 25-19. As DMU gathered momentum, their confidence grew and NTU struggled to rekindle the electric form which saw them dominate the opening quarter. Seven unanswered points brought the score to 25-23. With two minutes of the first half remaining, DMU took the lead for the first time and looked like a completely different side than the one which took to the court in the first quarter. The game was tied up at the end of the second quarter, 33-33.
The third was tense, as both sides knew they could open up a lead if they capitalised on each other’s mistakes. NTU took an early six-point lead with two shots from outside the three-point line. In a cagey ten-minutes, NTU had a three-point lead at the end of the third quarter.
An increased tempo from the visitors was difficult to live with for DMU and contributed to the eventual victory in the match. With 6 minutes to go, DMU trailed NTU by five-points with the score at 51-46. DMU had chances to narrow the result or even clinch the match, but 13 failed free throws consecutively in the final quarter, allowed NTU to build a buffer zone, close out and secure a victory in an enthralling match.
Club captain and chairman Joshua Waite was pleased with the performance: “The game went really well, DMU for the last few games have been playing 120% for the whole four quarters. These close games are the best kind of games because no matter if you win or lose, they bring out the best in the players and that’s all that you can ask for.”
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