- National Teams
All 12 teams were in action in Week 7 of the BUCS Premier divisions with some teams now set for an extended break due to the structure of the league.
Durham claimed their second win of the campaign after seeing off the challenge of Sheffield Hallam with a 95-77 triumph. David Buchberger shot eight 3-pointers on his way to 34 points and he was ably supported by Bryan Hockaday and Chris Jones, who added 17 and 15 points respectively. Former GB U20 guard Nick Lewis top scored for the visitors with 28 points as they fell to the bottom of the division.
“Overall, it was one of our better performances,” said Durham Head Coach Ralph Bucci. “We shot the ball well and I’m very happy we got the win. It gives us momentum after our poor start and our goal is to get everyone healthy.”
Northumbria continued their winning momentum with a convincing 105-70 win on the road at Leeds Beckett in what was their last scheduled game until the first week of February. Charles Smith led the way with a barrage from downtown, netting seven triples for his 21 points while Scott Martin had 13 points and Chris Hatch weighed in with 12. For Leeds, Darell Bethune had a team-high 17 points with Paul Holland adding 16.
Marc Steutel’s side sit top of the North with a 6-1 record and he believes the win was an important one ahead of the upcoming break.
“We spoke about wanting to get the win before the break and I know that, for me personally, a loss would have left a sour taste in my mouth.
“We were dominant in the second quarter, hitting a lot of three’s with Charles scoring five and I was pleased with all of the contributions throughout the group.”
Worcester picked up an important away win after beating Loughborough 83-76 in overtime. Disraeli Lufadeju top scored with 22 points, while there was a valuable contributions from Kalil Irving who added 21 and 20 points respectively. Worcester came up with the all-important 3-pointer to tie the game at 67 which would force overtime. Loughborough captain Will Maynard almost gave his side a second straight buzzer-beating win, but his effort rimmed out as the final shot in regulation. Conner Washington led the hosts with a game-high 27 points with Anthony Rowe and Jerelle Okoro adding 11 points apiece.
“It was a tough loss for us,” admitted Mark Jarram, Loughborough’s Head Coach. “I never really felt we established ourselves in the game. Credit to Worcester for sending the game into overtime and taking their opportunities.
“Unfortunately we didn’t (take ours in overtime) and we’ll have to go away and take a look at why.”
In the South, East London made it six wins out of six with a 73-58 home win against London South Bank. Lukas Winegarner top scored for the hosts with 19 points with captain Dougie Bennett and Blayne Freckleton adding 13 points each, while Will Ashby chipped in with 10.
Brunel continued their own winning start by beating Oxford 68-59 as Mike Darlow had 23 points and Benji Lawmann chipped in with 19.
The final game saw Bath claim their second straight win after defeating the University College of London 75-50 after a dominant second half display. Jack Hulme led the way for the home side with 30 points while Stefanos Lamaris adding a valuable 16 points of his own.
STANDINGS: North– Northumbria 6-1, Loughborough 4-3, Worcester 3-2, Leeds/Durham 2-4, Sheffield 2-5; South– East London 6-0, Brunel 5-0, London South Bank 3-4, Bath 2-2, Oxford 1-5, UCL 0-6