Rebels Strong Defence Not Good Enough Against a Fired Up Newcastle
The Essex Rebels took to the road again this Sunday, making the long journey up to Newcastle. The Rebels who have conceded the last three games hoped to get back to their winning ways. Unfortunately for the Rebels, the home team came out victorious knocked the Rebels back to 8-6 on the season.
The first half went in favour of the Rebels as they used high pressure defence to hold the Eagles to 33 total points. Helped by a focus on rebounding the ball, the Rebels were able to limit the amount of chances the Eagles had to score.
The second half, however, had the home team heat up and out score the Rebels 17-8 in the third and 19-12 in the fourth. A big reason for the scoring drought the Rebels experienced was the amount of turnovers they committed.
Head coach Tom Sadler had this to say after the performance, “we have lost all rhythm these past 4 games. We have the capability and have shown earlier in the season that we are a high scoring team when we run our sets and share the ball. I thought our defence wasn’t bad in today’s game, but if we don’t reward ourselves on the offensive end by taking care of the ball and making our shots it’s going to be hard from here on out scoring under 60. We will keep working hard and will look to finish the season the way we started it.”
Top Performers Rebels:
Lu costa – 18 points, 14 rebounds
Dre Kohlhaas – 14 points, 11 rebounds
Top Performers Eagles:
McVicar – 18 points, 5 rebounds
Gorrell – 18 points, 7 rebounds
The Rebels have little time to dwell as they head to Manchester next weekend and then host the London Lions at home a day later.