The first round of the Jubilee Cup saw Melton Kings C travel to Western Park Titans for their second meeting in a fortnight.
Melton Kings controlled the ball from the tip, and with good ball movement and controlled offence, they worked a clear opening for Hunt to start the scoring with a three-point jump shot.
From their knowledge of Titans’ play, Kings started with a spread-out defence which worked at first. But Hammersley soon started taking the ball inside the Kings zone to good effect, while Melton’s offence stalled as the hosts took a 7-5 lead.
The visitors called a time-out after five minutes and reverted back to their usual strong inside defence. Points were shared, but in the final seconds of the first quarter, Reynolds hit a three-pointer to give Kings a 15–13 lead.
Kings re-organised themselves and worked harder at the start of the second quarter, but both teams missed scoring chances until G. Watts found the basket after three minutes.
Titans replied, but Melton then took control, using patient offence and strong defence to build an unanswered nine-point run.
And in the last three minutes of the half, Kings outscored the hosts 8-4 to finish the half 34–19 ahead.
With Kings’ big men controlling their defensive boards, Whenham-Bossy and Hunt were given their chance to fast break for easy lay-up points.
Otherwise Kings controlled the pace and worked openings for their big men C. Watts and Rumbold to score heavily inside as the visitors scored 16 points and held Titans to six for a big 50-25 lead.
In the fourth quarter, the Titans had to wait seven minutes for points while Melton had amassed a further 20.
Hammersley scored another two points, bringing his personal tally to 15, but Kings added seven more to end the game 77–29 winners.
Melton are next in action at Gateway College B on Tuesday, December 1, tip 7.30pm.
Melton scorers: T. Rumbold 19, M. Reynolds 18, E. Hunt 16, G. Watts 10, C. Watts 5, T. Whenham-Bossy 5, S. Harris 2, S. Gibbons 2.