Basketball: Melton Kings open season with Ashby victory

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Melton Kings C basketball team started their season with a good home win against Ashby Aztecs B.

Both teams seemed to be suffering from a lack of match fitness after the summer break, and the first quarter began with the teams trading points as neither side seized control.

Solid outside shooting from Reynolds, including a three-pointer, caused Ashby’s defence to spread out, creating space for Tamosiunas and Hunt to successfully drive to the boards.

Ashby’s Jarvis worked hard inside and scored five of Ashby’s 11 first quarter points, but at the end of the period the hosts held a slender one-point lead, 12–11.

The visitors started the second quarter strongly with four unanswered points, but Kings rallied and their hustle defence forced turnovers as Melton’s fast break clicked into gear.

Kings enjoyed a run of 10 unanswered points with Tamosiunas and Hunt leading the way, but Ashby’s Preston finished the half with a three-pointer to peg Melton’s lead to six, 28–22, at half-time.

The home side started the third quarter badly, missing all four free throws, while Ashby tied the scores at 28–all.

Reynolds stepped up with four points to restore the lead, and Ashby’s outside shooting was put under pressure, but good inside work from Jarvis and Norton brought Ashby back into contention

Further baskets from Gibbons, and another Reynolds three-pointer helped Kings regain their lead and build a seven-point cushion at 40–33 by the end of the quarter.

Kings maintained their strong defence in the final quarter, and limited Ashby to just six points as Tamosiunas and Long extended the lead.

With a sizeable advantage, Kings controlled the ball and let the clock tick away to seal a 13-point win.

The coach was pleased by the all-round squad effort, knowing there will be sterner opposition to come.

Kings C are next in action at John Ferneley College on Tuesday, tip-off at 7.45pm.

Scorers: M. Reynolds (18), Z. Tamosiunas (14), S. Gibbons (6), E. Hunt (5), K. Long (4), T. Whenham-Bossy (3), S. Harris (2).