Saturday’s game saw Carnegie’s new signing Darrell Bethune debut against his previous club the Westminster Warriors. Both teams got the scoring off early as they exchanged baskets in a free flowing high paced opening quarter. By the end of the first period Carnegie held the narrowest of leads, 23-22. The second quarter continued to be a close affair as both teams looked to minimise each other offensive threats. Leeds slightly increased their lead to 2 points to take into the half time break.
Neither team was willing to step down in the third period as the game continued at a high pace with both teams scored baskets freely. Westminster had the slightly better quarter and was able to tie the game up going into the final period.
Carnegie however kept their composure in the final ten minutes and limited the Warriors offensive output to just 11 points. This coupled with Leeds continued offensive level enabled them to secure the 74-83 victory.
Carnegie’s scoring was led by Armand Anebo with 27 points supported by Jack Stannard with 23 points. Leon Bennett-Harris led Westminster’s scoring with 15 points.
Sunday’s game in Medway saw Carnegie continue their offensively minded approach in the opening quarter but this came to an abrupt end in the second period when Medway held Leeds to just 7 points, giving the Kent club a 14 point lead at the half.
Carnegie regrouped and came out strong in the third period as they looked to claw their way back into the game, halving the deficit to just 7 points by the end of the third quarter. However it was a step too far, as Medway Park regained their composure and closed out the 75-65 win.
Leeds scoring was led by Jack Stannard with 17 points support by 9 points from Armand Anebo.
Leeds was without standout GB under 20 international Rowell Graham for both games due to injury, he is expected to be back training this week.
Carnegie will now prepare for this Friday’s home game against Tees Valley Mohawks who they take on at the Leeds Metropolitan University Sports Arena on the Headingley Campus (LS6 3QS). The game tips off at 7:30pm and tickets are available through the club’s website or on the door.
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