Varsity 2015 Match Report: AUMBC put a silver lining on a miserable day of sport

ONE OF A limited number of successes for Team Aber in Bangor came through the Men’s Basketball, who recorded a superb win over their North Wales rivals in an electric atmosphere. The sports hall in Canolfan Brailsford typified the gulf in class between facilities at Bangor and Aberystwyth. The spacious hall, complete with comfortable seating, a substantial speaker system, a DJ and a team announcer, and it even had the University crest on the centre court mark.

Photo - Alex Tanton

Photo – Alex Tanton

Aber made a quick start, and by half time they had a substantial, seemingly unassailable, lead of 22 points. However, Bangor rallied and cut the deficit to just nine by the end of the third quarter, before Aber held on to claim a credible victory.

The first quarter started slowly, with Mario Wu and Luke Barry netting the first two baskets for Team Aber before a time out was called and Ben Morgan replaced Adam Maddison. Morgan’s first action was scoring a free throw, and he also scored a basket before the first ten minutes were up. Chris Doel also came off the bench, scoring two baskets and a superb three-pointer right on the buzzer.

Roared on by both AU Men’s Football and Women’s Basketball clubs, Aber’s ‘ballers really took control of the match in the second quarter. Luke Barry netted two baskets in the first two minutes, before Morgan grabbed two more and Harry Spurr scored three on the bounce. As half time loomed, Bruce Wight put Aber into a gargantuan 47-25 lead.

Quarter three was a total contrast to the first half of the match. Aber’s dominance was quelled and Bangor, backed by over 100 supporters, started out on a mammoth comeback. Remarkably, the first 90 seconds passed with no score, but soon enough Bangor had managed five baskets and a three-pointer to come back to 47-38. Doel managed to score Aber’s only basket in the ten minutes and with one quarter to go the score stood at 49-40 to Aber.

The final quarter was the most intense ten minutes of basketball this reporter has ever seen. Aber had to regroup and stop Bangor’s progress. Spurr was penalised for travelling and Bangor got an early basket. Fortunately two baskets each for Morgan and Yves Ollivier helped secure a 64-52 victory.

Speaking after the match Team Aber captain Kristian Braykov was delighted with his side’s victory, saying “The crowd was absolutely great. The game was intense to the very end, and we’re very happy.”

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Photo – Alex Tanton