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Stephen Asante’s 24 ends SGS College unbeaten run

[Photo by Myerscough College Media]

Myerscough college ended SGS’s unbeaten run in a convincing 70-86 road win to open the calendar year.

The win for Myerscough now moves them level on points with SGS on 18 at the summit of the EABL Northern conference.

The EABL’s top scorer, Louie Tucker finished on 26 points for the night, however, it was the Asante brothers (Peter and Stephen) who combined for 40 to help take the crucial road win.

First half

Both teams came into the game off the back of big wins but it was Myerscough who came out swinging to open the first quarter after Peter Asante slammed a dunk down to open the game and then made two clutch layups to give Myerscough a slender lead.

Solid defense from the Myerscough defense made life hell for SGS guard Louie Tucker, who was being forced to the line early on in the contest.

Dayvantia Campbell-deeble heroic block and transition bucket, followed by a three-point make from Stephen Asante, gave Myerscough a commanding 14-27 lead at the end of the first.

The second quarter was kept stitched together by SGS center Callum Smart.

Smart came out controlling the offensive paint with a dunk and clutch layups under heavy contact from the Myerscough forwards.

Louie Tucker also started to chime in on the SGS offense to bring his side within touching distance of the Myerscough scoring outburst.

With the score at 25-37, the Asante brothers started to pick holes in the SGS defense and made some excellent makes towards the end of the second to make the score 31-48 at the half.

Second half

The second half started with the other Asante brother Stephen becoming a catalyst for fast-break early buckets in the Myerscough offense.

Tucker and Long were both still a thorn in the Myerscough side, combining with strong inside play and deadeye shooting to keep the score within 12 halfway through the third.

However, a critical factor in Myerscough’s major victory was the supporting cast around the Asante brothers.

Euan Birch continued to look like a potent offensive threat throughout the course of the game and his three towards the end of the third helped keep a commanding 45-63 lead.

SGS continued to make sporadic buckets to stay in the game, but an inspired Mandre Costa show in spectacular layups under heavy contact gave Myerscough a 22-point lead going into the fourth.

Costa continued to stay dominant on both ends of the floor down the stretch, which freed up Stephen Asante to continue piling misery on the SGS defense.

Tucker did begin to heat up towards the end of the game hitting threes from near the logo to cut the lead down to within 15.

Despite that, Myerscough college stayed resolute on the defensive end and came away with a 70-86 victory to open 2023, taking their record to 6-2 for the season.

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