By Shaun Moloney
Leeds Carnegie basketball team’s season ended as they were eliminated following the Division One play-off quarter final – losing 77-58 to Team Northumbria.
Head Coach Matt Newby said: “For the first time all year we were not able to step up to the challenge. At the end of the year we are expecting to be peaking and we came out flat. The Northumbria boys made a run in the fourth quarter that was pretty much insurmountable.
“I would have backed these guys all season to be able to respond, but unfortunately that response did not come this time,”
The first two quarters were a battle of wills, with both teams exchanging strong runs.
Armand Anebo was lethal from beyond the three-point line and led the way for Leeds, finishing the game with 20 points.
The first half ended with home team Northumbria edging Leeds 36-31, after a 16-2 run from the hosts that seemed to knock belief from the Yorkshire team.
In the second half things got worse for Leeds, as Northumbria pulled away, ending the third quarter on an 11-2 run.
The fourth quarter had Leeds looking for inspiration, but as they chased the game Northumbria were able to exploit the gung-ho Carnegie, jumping out to a 16-point lead.
Carnegie’s Henry Wilkins and Robert Marsden sparked a small Leeds fight-back, getting within 9 of Northumbria, but the hosts were able to hold out for the victory.