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Jason Holder’s 22 leads Sheffield College to blowout victory

Jason Holder in action for Sheffield College [Credit: Sheffield Elite]

Sheffield College got back to winning ways in the EABL this week, after a blowout victory against fellow strugglers Birmingham Met College.

Fresh off the news of his college offer from USC Salk Men’s Basketball program, Dec Kom and fellow teammate Jason Holder carried on their excellent run of form.

The win now puts Sheffield on nine points, moving them above Birmingham in the EABL Northern Conference.

WHAT HAPPENED?

Sheffield College came out smelling blood to open the first half with inform man Jason Holder knocking down a quick three-pointer and a tough layup to put Sheffield up 8-0.

BMET’s Suwayd Francis and star man Miles Moore looked to answer back in quick succession for Birmingham with Francis punishing in the paint and Moore looking deadly from beyond the arc.

Dec Kom was profiting off of Sheffield’s early pressure, scoring two fastbreak buckets and putting Sheffield up by ten, halfway through the first quarter.

Sheffield’s strong defensive pressure became the catalyst for the continuous offensive overhaul forced upon Birmingham.

Jermaine Wilson-Tra showed his expert layup package finishing three times under heavy pressure at the rim to put Sheffield up 29-9 going into the end of the first quarter.

The relentless Sheffield pressure was a constant throughout the first half, as Birmingham continued to get pickpocketed at half-court and throw stray passes.

Daniel Tewogbade was the major driving force for Sheffield in sailing them further ahead into the lead.

His presence on the inside, scoring at the basket under contact and his ability to knock down open threes gave his side a commanding 41-11 lead halfway through the second.

Ethan Haywood started to make an impact for BMET with a lovely floater and clutch shooting to keep his side afloat.

However, star player Jason Holder grabbed the game by the scruff of its neck and ended any Birmingham momentum with a monster dunk and pretty layups in the paint to end the half in dominant fashion, up 34 points.

SECOND HALF

Birmingham came out in the second half with more urgency to push the ball up the floor for Miles Moore to make easy fastbreak points.

Despite that, the man with the most confidence in the building was Dec Kom, who showed exactly why teams in the US have been after his talents.

A beautiful spin move and finish, as well as a powerful drive to the basket, cemented Sheffield’s foothold in the game and gave them a 65-27 lead.

Then, the highlight of the game arrived. After snatching the ball on the defensive end, Jason Holder threw down a Lebron James-esque dunk to inflict even bigger wounds on the struggling BMET side.

Harry Watts was massive on both ends of the floor for Sheffield, tightly guarding Miles Moore and not allowing him to get into his flow.

Birmingham struggled to find an answer throughout the whole game and ended up with the game all but lost going into the fourth, being down 80-40.

The fourth quarter saw Sheffield take their foot off the gas, resting key players like Kom and Holder after having a resounding lead.

BMET’s Suwayd Francis led a strong fourth-quarter charge, showing his versatility between inside and outside scoring, making the scoreline more respectable.

Despite their best efforts at the end, the game was put to sleep after exceptional defence and ferocious offence shown by Sheffield to give them the 93-61 win.

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