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By Alfred Tan
As the opposing team UCL started their game with a battle chant of “UC-what?! UC-L!”, “UC-what?” was how it ended.
The central London university students proved to be no match for the home squad as they managed to only score 4 points in the first quarter compared to Holloway’s 18. The basketball match up ended at 77-32, in favour of our very own ladies on the hardwood.
Shanty Cheung ended the first quarter with a turn around fade away jumper at the buzzer. The game would then eventually proceed with Captain Alice Couten leading the pack of the femme fatales as they gave themselves continuous free looks to the basket spurring from the beautiful flow of their offense. Also noteworthy of mention were Grace Shaw and Louisa Miranda, who both combined to nail shot after shot stemming from the incompetence of UCL’s zone defence.
In the last quarter, UCL played with a mental note of desperation as they heaved 3 pointer after 3 pointers in the hopes of cutting down Royal Holloway’s massive lead. But this was to no avail and was most evident from the amusing antics of the opposing team’s coach during the game where all his efforts of a comeback where thwarted by the home team’s execution of their strategy.
What is most noticeable from this game is the vast improvement of the women’s team from last year. In this game, the ladies moved the ball around like seasoned veterans. A quick penetration here, quick kick out to the wing, capitalizing on picks, this indeed was quality basketball that the coach had wanted.
By Alfred Tan
As the festive season of Christmas looms near, the feeling is felt throughout campus. It is the season of giving they say, and give indeed, is what the Royal Holloway Bears did when they gave Goldsmiths University basketball team a trashing they would always remember.
The final score, 94-29 in favor of Royal Holloway, says everything. Throughout the match, Royal Holloway came out with guns-a-blazin’ as they seemed to connect on almost every shot attempt they did.
But the feeling was reciprocal, Goldsmiths felt like they had to return the favour, only in other aspects. Turnovers were abundant this game as the opposing team looked more like a netball team, immobile on the hardwood, giving way for Royal Holloway to capitalize on their mistakes. the Bears held Goldsmiths scoreless for at least 5 minutes every quarter as a reflection of the final tally.
Zippin’ and zaggin throughout the match, the game featured some highlights including numerous penetrations by Van Yao and a power move off a fast break from Captain Ian Jeffery.
Nick Heff gave everyone a shock start as he fell to the floor in the first few minutes writhing in pain from a ligament strain. He would eventually return like a soldier to his battlefield and proceed to deliver 4 long range bombs from beyond the arc, finishing with 20 points and 8 assists.
But the revelation this game was the prowess of rookie Billy Drakeley, the American exchange student flashed the crowd with his crafty ball handling. In one instance, he ran almost the full length of the court of a steal as he slips by the whole opposing team’s defence topped off by a finishing move that featured remarkable hang time. Drakeley came out as the leading scorer with 23 markers.