Melton Kings C proved they could win ugly as they defeated newly-formed Western Park Titans at John Ferneley College last week.
The hosts claimed the first points of the Leicestershire Basketball league Division Four match through Tamosiunas after good defensive work from Rumbold.
Titans’ offence was slow, allowing Melton to set their defence well, while Kings had plenty of possession without converting it into points.
The game became very scrappy as Kings’ defence stopped Titans from scoring until the sixth minute. Kings ended the quarter with a narrow 7-5 advantage.
The second quarter went the same way, but with a notable difference of Kings’ conversion of possession into points.
Melton’s defence restricted Titans to long-range shooting, while the Titans’ loose defence allowed Kings to take the ball to the hoop.
Haffenden led the scoring with six points, backed up by Hunt and Whenham-Bossy with three each.
Rumbold and Watts controlled Kings’ defensive boards to deny the Titans many chances inside and restrict them to eight points in the second quarter as Kings increased their lead to 25–13 at half-time.
For unknown reasons, Kings’ reverted back to the first quarter scoring rate after the interval.
Kings’ inside offence forced Titans to concede numerous free-throws, but the home side converted just one out of nine attempts.
Melton scored only nine points in the quarter, but held Titans to seven and extended their lead to 34–20.
The final quarter continued in the same disorganised manner with Titans unable to penetrate the Kings defence, and the hosts unable to convert their chances into points.
Titans slowly closed the gap to eight points at 40–32 with two minutes left, but in their haste to chase the ball, the visitors conceded more fouls.
Kings finally found their free throw range, converting nine of 15 shots from the line in the last two minutes to run out 53–32 winners.
Scorers: Z. Tamosiunas 14, R. Haffenden 11, E. Hunt 9, T. Rumbold 8, T. Whenham-Bossy 4, S. Harris 4, S. Gibbons 3.