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Andre Gayle came up huge when it mattered most this weekend against the Derbyshire Arrows, sinking a tough step back 3 pointer with 1.4s on the clock to give the Lancashire Spinners an 89-88 victory in NBL Division 2 action at Castle Leisure Centre.
In a game that featured 15 lead changes and 17 ties, the 1995 born guard’s clutch play proved to be the deciding factor.
With the game tied at 86 with 25 seconds left the Arrows executed a nice two man play to get a good shot which dropped leaving 11 seconds on the clock.
Spinners called a time out and Coach Steve Gayle (Andre’s uncle) sent in his chosen 5 as Andre came through with his heroics. Following an Arrows timeout, Standerfer was called for an off the ball foul before the ball was inbounded which sealed the Arrows fate.
Coach Gayle was delighted to keep the teams unbeaten run alive:
“The Arrows are a good team. They made life very difficult for us today,” he said on the Spinners’ website.
“They are very well coached and have some good players. We didn’t play as well as we can but I’m delighted with the win. We had some unsung hero’s today. Mark Rangeley and Aitor were excellent defensively in the second half. Conor quietly did a terrific job on his man too. Obviously Andre hit the big shot at the end, but he played well all game and rebounded very well defensively. I was pleased with the team effort.”
Gayle, who picked up the North Sea Conference Player of the Year in the EABL last season, finished with 11 points and 8 rebounds.