Varsity 2014 – Men’s Basketball Match report
25th February 2014
University of Nottingham put Trent in their place as they convincingly beat the men in pink 75-42 in the 2014 Men’s Varsity Basketball fixture.
A capacity crowd of 4,426 people filled the Capital FM Arena to anxiously await the fate of their university team as the University of Nottingham faced up against Trent for the second consecutive year in the massive arena. The opening quarter was far more open than many had predicted with Trent eventually trailing 14-19 after the initial period of play. Some impressive layups by Trent’s McKen had exploited some lackadaisical defence from Coach Richardson’s side, but the crowd were certainly enjoying seeing so many baskets in such quick succession.
The second quarter continued much the same, with the University of Nottingham maintaining their lead with the score at 36-31 at the buzzer. Combination play from pointguard and playmaker Aaron Brown and captain Jeff Smith was really making the difference with fellow guard Zapeta also stamping his mark on the game with a beautiful layup from distance.
The turning point came in the third quarter however, some end to end basketball had left spaces and the influential big man, Jeff Smith drove hell-bent on a game changer and that is exactly what he delivered. A stunning slam dunk sent the green and gold fans into jubilation with time standing still as he hung from the basket-rim for all to see. Some impressive rebounding, 7 in total, from ‘Krest’ kept Trent at bay and before long, there was a 25 point difference and University of Nottingham led 59-36 by the end of the period.
Arguably the game was over at this point as Trent had no answers for Coach Richardson’s tactical nous as he kept the team fresh, dynamic and unpredictable in the final 10 minutes of the match. Sumptuous basketball from the likes of Zapeta, Brown, who scored 16 points in total over the 40 minutes, and man-of-the-match Smith extended the lead further as the ‘Greens’ eventually ran out 75-43 winners.
A fantastic sporting spectacle yet again as the Varsity Men’s Basketball never fails to enthral it’s supporters at the Capital FM Arena. The University of Nottingham now have a 3-2 lead in the 2014 Varsity Series as they look to kick on in what is undoubtedly the business end of the campaign.