Varsity 2013: Men’s Basketball Post-Match Report

17th February 2013

Varsity Men’s Basketball

The 2013 charity Varsity Basketball match between UoN (University Of Nottingham) and Trent was the first to be held in the Capital FM arena. Just over 2,000 spectators witnessed UoN win 83-70 after a pulsating 4th quarter.

The score line does not reflect the general play of the full match and Trent should feel rightly aggrieved with themselves after leading the tie after each of the first three quarters.

The first half was dominated by Trent star point guard JoJo Ansah. The 22 year old Ghanaian was playing in his fourth varsity series and is also a prominent figure of the Derby Trailblazers team. Nonetheless JoJo’s and Trent’s hold of the game began to unravel. In the second half he was guilty of overplaying, passing too late and gifting fouls to UoN.

UoN, who play in the midlands 1A league, had the players to capitalize on Trent’s errors. The Nigerian Small forward Ibey Ajgabe and Northern Irish shooting Guard Aaron Brown in particular were instrumental in the Uni fightback. From being down 8 points at the end of the quarter, UoN managed to win by 13 points in the decisive 4th quarter which also saw the crowd come into life.

There were speculation that the UoN team would rest key players ahead of their quarter final cup match against Bournemouth; however, Coach Martin Richardson deserves praise for managing his squad well and putting out a team good enough to beat Trent on the night. There was more good news for the UoN team as they progressed into the semi-final of the aforementioned BUCS knockout tournament the following Wednesday. UoN will go on to play Sheffield Hallam, top of the Northern division, on the 27th February.

The only negative in this enthralling contest was the poor conversion from the line and rebounds on both teams. Neither team managed to gain an advantage from the accumulated fouls nor offensive rebounds.

That should not detract from the fact that this was a great spectacle for both Uni’s, with both sets of supporters enjoying being at the capital FM arena for the match. With a healthy gate attendance of over 2,000 and many satisfied spectators, the capital FM arena is surely now the new home for Varsity Basketball.

Let’s see if Uni can pull off another win at the venue next year.

Final Score: Uni 83 – 70 Trent