Kent Crusaders welcomed Baltic Stars to Brompton on Saturday for a late tip off. Whenever these two teams meet it is always a classic and this one didn’t disappoint with the home side taking victory 92-87.
After an early 10-point lead in the first, which Crusaders let slip away the game was close throughout. Both teams play a similar style of up-tempo and pressing, which saw the lead change hands a couple of times with the teams making mini runs. But it was at the end of the third where Kent pulled away when Ryan Ganniclefft and Anis Saidi hit back to back threes before Josh Barcelona finished close to the buzzer to take an 8 point lead.
In the fourth Will Raife and Sam Alajiki did a great job of fighting off any chance Baltic had of making a comeback connecting on 16 of the quarters 20 points. Cameron Lawrence and Julius did a great job all game of rebounding and clipping in on the score sheet to help give Crusaders the win and moving them to 5-2 in the league.
Coached Davies commented of his sides performance “I am really happy after that game as we are starting to play more like the style we need to play to win games, and we did it for forty minutes. Really impressed with how we managed to keep focus and not loss our heads when we gave up a lead. The whole team contributed on the floor and from the bench with John Lim, Joe Dyson,Harry Early, Owen and Evan Longman stepping in and helping the team to victory.”
Kent now has a weekend off before they play a double header the following week against Worthing then Sussex Storm.