BUCS Final 8s Day 1 Recap - Hoopsfix.com

BUCS Final 8s Day 1 Recap

Game 1
Northumbria beat Edinburgh 87-29

Northumbria had little trouble booking their places in the semi-final by defeating Edinburgh, 87-29.

They held Edinburgh to just 8 points in the opening half, as Northumbria Head Coach Josh Merrington went deep into his bench in the second half.

“I was really happy with our execution on defence holding Edinburgh to just one field goal in the first half,” said Merrington.

“We were able to rotate the bench a lot in the second half and give players rest ahead of the semi-final tomorrow. I anticipate the semi final with Loughborough to be a real battle. They’re very well coached and there’s some great match ups between the two teams.”

Game 2
Loughborough beat Oxford 115-23

Loughborough cruised in their opening game of the weekend, dismantling Oxford 115-23 on Saturday morning.

Behind 32 points from Maaja Bratka, Oxford were never in the game, trailing 60-14 at halftime.

“It was pleasing to start the tournament with a win and we came into the game with the aim of establishing an energy and enthusiasm that will give us the opportunity to secure a place in this year’s final,” said Head Coach Matt Harber after the game.

“We will need that in tomorrow’s semi-final against Northumbria.”

Game 3
Sheffield Hallam beat Cardiff Met 100-82

Sheffield Hallam turned the tables, avenging their quarter final defeat at the hands of Cardiff Met last year to cruise to a 100-82 win.

Cardiff led in the early stages before going into halftime down 10, unable to get back into the game in the second half.

Game 4
Durham beat Leeds Met 75-47

Sunday Schedule

10am: Northumbria vs Loughborough (semi-final)
12pm: Sheffield Hallam vs Durham (semi-final)

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