Rebels get caught in the Thunder
Essex Rebels Division 1 men took on the inform Worthing Thunder. Worthing have gone unbeaten so far in the league and the Rebels were up for the challenge.
The journey down south didn’t faze the Rebels in the first quarter. Getting stops on the defensive end and pitching in with timely scores offensively. Rebels took a 1 point lead.
Leading into the 2nd, Essex got hit with Worthing’s scoring ability. A couple of quick timeouts from Coach Norfolk allowed the team to regroup and stem the offensive flow of Worthing.
Going into half time the score line was 40 – 30 to the Thunder.
Early on in the second half Essex couldn’t keep up with the Thunders pace and the transition baskets. The Rebels were doing well against the press but lacked offensive efficiency.
Open shots were missed from the perimeter and missed easy lay ups in transition really hurt the Rebels going into the final stanza.
The final quarter saw the Rebels put in a solid performance but the damage was done in the 3rd with Worthing stretching their lead.
The final score saw the dominant Worthing take the win 91 – 67.
Essex were led by Jake Eynon with 15 points and 5 boards, closely followed by Rory Winter and Riccardo Massafra with 11 points and 6 rebounds.
“We ran the game plan for most of the game just didn’t execute the final product. Our offensive efficiency was low but it was good to see us getting them opportunities against a strong team.
We continue to work this week in prep for another tough one next weekend against Hemel”.
Next Essex take on top of the table Hemel Storm on Saturday and play in the National Cup game against London Lions II on Sunday. Both being played at the Essex Sport Arena.