The 2013 BUCS Final 8s tipped off today, with a new format and new venue as BUCS try to bring all the different sports final events together on the same day. Aptly titled BUCS Big Wednesday, quarter finals and semi finals will be played throughout the weekend at Leeds Metropolitan University, before the two finalists return to Leeds on Wednesday to play for the chip in BUCS’ showpiece event.
Game recaps, stats and notes (to be updated throughout the day).
Game 1 (12:00pm)
Worcester beat Brunel 87-69
Defending champions Worcester faced a scare early as a resilient Brunel side refused to go down without a fight. Brunel led at the half by one, and it wasn’t until the fourth quarter that Worcester pulled clear. Stanley Ocitti was the man in the middle holding it down for Worcester, finishing with an efficient 27.
Worcester scorers: Stanley Ocitti 27, Daniel Belgrave 14, Kalil Irving 14/Brunel scorers: Louis Sayers 29, Jordan Crawford 12, Eni Araba-Jacobs 12.
Game 2 (12:00pm)
Durham beat Northumbria 90-61
In one of the most physical contests I’ve seen in a long time, Durham pulled away in the second half to book their place in the semi-final. With both teams jawing and throwing elbows at each other throughout, Northumbria, who were without one of their starters, Siman Stewart, due to injury, couldn’t overcome the bigger, stronger Durham side.
Durham scorers: Andrew Keister 22, Mike Baldarelli 17, Paul Elderkin 16/Northumbria scorers: Jack Thompson 17, Jamie Glen 15, Ivan Emanuely 9.
Game 3 (4:00pm)
Leeds Met beat LSBU 65-57
Despite LSBU’s Petkus’ best effort as he drained nine threes on his way to 33 points, Leeds Met advanced to the final four with an 8 point victory over Southbank.
Dave Ajumobi was unstoppable at times for Leeds Met, who saw 11 players get on the scoresheet.
Leeds Met scorers: Dave Ajumobi 20, Henry Wilkins 12, Rob Marsden 12/LSBU scorers: V. Petkus 33, A Vaiteikas 11, Uche Umekwe 5
Game 4 (4:00pm)
Loughborough beat Glasgow 82-67
In a game that was a lot closer than everyone expected, Loughborough couldn’t lose Glasgow until the final minutes as they booked their place in the semi-finals.
Loughborough were playing without Jamell Anderson (remember what happened last time he played against Glasgow?) due to Leicester Riders commitments, and Glasgow capitalised, taking a 1 point half time lead and running Loughborough close until the final minutes.
Loughborough scorers: Will Maynard 23, Jerelle Okoro 16, John Gould 14/Glasgow scorers: Callum Nicol 22, A. Alilovic 22, U. Zasimuaksas 13.
2pm: Durham vs Worcester (semi-final)/Northumbria vs Brunel (points playoff)
4pm: Leeds Met vs Loughborough (semi-final)/LSBU vs Glasgow (points playoff)
Thoughts? Who are you backing?