Game 1 – Northern Ireland vs Wales
Northern Ireland’s Darryl Shazier put on what has to be the best individual scoring performance in the history of the BUCS Home Nations Tournament to lead Northern Ireland to a 106-73 victory over Wales.
Shazier, an American studying at University of Ulster, had 39 points in the first half (!) and finished the game with 62 despite being subbed out with more than 2 minutes left to play in the game.
Wales didn’t stand a chance as Shazier dominated from the opening tip, having 17 in the first quarter largely on drives and mid range jumpers to propel Northern Ireland to their only win of the tournament.
Leading scorers coming soon.
Game 2 – England vs Scotland
In a match-up of the two undefeated teams of the tournament, England came out on top 78-46 to defend their BUCS Home Nations title and once again go 3-0 over the course of the tournament.
Scotland managed to keep within striking distance for longer than many expected, but a huge England run in the closing minutes of the first half ballooned the lead to 21 and they would cruise the rest of the way.
Scotland’s Mark Reynolds was named MVP. England were led by Kevin Wollbrinck’s 14, whilst Jamell Anderson had 11 and Jordan Seeley added 10.
- Shazier’s game was the most impressive individual scoring performance I’ve ever seen. Was insane, it’s a shame full stats aren’t available but it was a crazy efficient performance too, especially in the first half – video coming soon.
- If you missed them, you can see the Day 1 recap here, and Day 2 recap here.
- Full mixtape of all the action coming in the next few weeks.
- Shout out to whoever it was on the Welsh bench that shouted “Hoopsfix” when one of your teammates blocked the shot lol
- No disrespect intended to Mark Reynolds, I think he’s a great player – however, I can’t help but feel the MVP should’ve come from the winning team (worth noting the MVP was chosen by the team’s coaches).
- In classic British basketball style, England were awarded the trophy, got to take a few photos with it and then had to give it back!
- The English Universities Women’s side also successfully defended their title with Helen Naylor being named MVP.
- Massive thank you to Matthew Harber, Joe Pinchin, Marc Steutel, BUCS, and the table officials for everything!
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