By Nick Moore | @nickmoore4kent
The England-Select squad came out 88-76 victors over Scotland-Select despite a game-high 35 points from Scotland’s Danny Huffor at the NIA, Birmingham, on Saturday,
The Glasgow Rocks guard went 14/24 from the field but England captain Tayo Ogendengbe’s 25 points helped the home side come out winners as they saw every player on the roster score a field goal.
Paul James’ side started stronger, running out to an 18-12 first quarter lead with a nice display of inside play from Guildford Heat’s, Ogedengbe whilst UCP Marjon Plymouth Raiders’, Anthony Martin controlled the point.
With Scotland’s Ali Fraser being hampered by foul trouble, and Ogedengbe and Sheffield Sharks’ Mike Tuck connecting inside for England, the lead ballooned to 18 points as England went into the second half up 43-25.
After the break an energised Scotland side, led by Huffor, capitalized on England’s mistakes and reduced the gap to just 10 heading into the final quarter. England however, never appeared to be worried and remained in control with back to back dunks from Ogedengbe, shortly followed by an alley oop for Myles Hesson sealing the victory.
Mike Tuck had 16 points and 9 rebounds for England, David Watts added 12 points, Hesson finished with 8 points and 12 rebounds, whilst Anthony Martin had 6 points and 9 assists.
Fraser (1992 born) was impressive for Scotland despite battling foul trouble, finishing with a 20 point, 11 rebound double double on 9/14 shooting. No-one else reached double figures for the Scots, as Nick Collins finished as their leading scorer with just 6 points.
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