Tamosiunas drives Melton Kings C to Ashby Aztecs win

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Melton Kings C travelled to Ashby Aztecs C and were soon ahead when Tamosiunas won the tip and quickly drove to the basket for two points.

Ashby replied with a well-worked reply from Thornley, but Kings slowly took control, moving the ball well in offence to create space for Tamosiunas to continue driving to the basket.

Aztecs brought their defence in to counter Tamosiunas, but this gave Kings’ outside shooters time and space to score.

Strong all-round defence kept Ashby to just six further points, from long-range shots, as the first quarter finished with Kings leading 13–8.

The second quarter started with two Tamosiunas three-pointers before Ashby could reply, but the hosts went on a six-point run of their own to reduce the deficit to 19–14.

Both defences clicked into gear, and Reynolds’ three-pointer were the only points to be scored during the last three minutes of the quarter as the Kings established a 22-14 half-time lead.

With Melton’s big men controlling their own boards and their paint, Ashby had to shoot from long range and made only four successful attempts, scoring just eight points in the quarter.

Kings’ offence turned into the Tamosiunas and Haffenden show as they added 12 points, supported by seven from team-mates, as Kings stretched their lead to 17 points (39–22).

The final quarter continued in the same manner as Melton moved the ball well to give their outside shooters time to score well, with Tamosiunas still successful.

Ashby were held to six points, while Kings scored 11 and kept control of the ball to run down the clock and seal a 50–28 win.

Kings scorers: Z. Tamosiunas 23; M. Reynolds 8; R. Haffenden 7; T. Whenham-Bossy 6; C. Watts 3; T. Rumbold 2; S. Harris 1.

* Kings C travel to Western Park Titans tomorrow (Friday) for a Jubilee Cup first round tie (7.30pm) at Fullhurst Community College, and on Tuesday host Kettering Suns at John Ferneley College (7.45pm).