Dynamite B 86 Aztecs A 44 (19-11; 20-8; 25-16; 22-9)
K Grey 9
J McGuinness 9
R Jones 8
M Dighton 6
S Hanson 4
A Craddock 4
M Inzsel 2
J De La Cruz 2
L Preston 0
J Greasley 0

Ashby B take Cobras in tough test – Final Score Ashby B 56 – Magna Cobras 55

The experience of the Magna Cobras was not enough to overcome a rugged defensive performance from the Aztecs. The game was a close fought battle all the way with 9 lead changes and a largest lead of 8 (Cobras Q3). 

Aztecs blooded some new players and it didn’t take long for them to click, with a quick first basket and some defensive stops which frustrated the Cobras early on. But some solid long range shooting from the Cobras and a few silly shooting fouls had the Cobras off to an early lead. A defensive tactical change soon had Ashby back in business.

At halftime the Cobras had a Narrow lead. And they extended that lead in the 3rd when it seemed they couldn’t miss from deep. Ashby had some questions to answer in the 4th and did they ever. Newcomer Josh Langworth lead the charge early in Q4 with 8 of his 15 points in a pivotal period in the game where Ashby got themselves back level.

The scene was set for a nail biting finish. Ashby turned on the Big D but were left deflated when twice their defensive efforts almost led to steals but the loose balls fell to Cobra players who hit 2 devastating circus shots in the last few minutes. The Big D prevailed though with Josh Harrap and Nathan Johnson harassing the Cobra guards with quick hands. 

Down by 2 with 90 seconds left, Ashby get a turnover after more high intensity D, following an Nathan is fouled on a layup. Sinking one of the shots Ashby are now within 1. Big D again and Ashby recover the ball after a Cobra miss. Nathan races forward again and gets inside putting it what would be the Winning layup. 

The Aztecs took Q4 21-13 to finish the game 56-55, their defensive efforts and teamwork overcoming a more experienced Cobras team. A great W to keep the season ticking along. 

(5-8, 15-15, 15-19, 21-13)

Josh Longworth 15, Josh Harrap 8, Matt Allen 7, Nathan Johnson 7, Lucy Hanson +6, Tom Fletcher 6 ,  Alister Cartlidge 3, Callum Robson 2, Lance Walford 2

Ashby Aztecs C 40
Kettering C 46
Scorers
O.Lubbock 16
J. Antill 7
D. Thornley 4
A. Boddington 3
R. Dowell 2
G. Chadwick 2
M. Dixon 2
F. Allen 2