Kings hold the Aces in tight con­test

The Wokingham Paper - - SPORT -

THAMES VAL­LEY KINGS clinched a thrilling 58-57 win over Aces to con­tinue their win­ning start in Divi­sion Two.

De­spite los­ing the tip-off, Aces took an early lead be­fore Liam and Reece Barker found the net to give Kings a 15-12 lead at the end of the first quar­ter.

The sec­ond fol­lowed a sim­i­lar pat­tern with good de­fence from PJ O’Dono­van and Chris Nash mak­ing it dif­fi­cult for the hosts while the Barker broth­ers were ap­ply­ing the pres­sure at the other end to ex­tend the half-time lead to 29-23.

Kings then went through the gears af­ter the break with Liam Barker and Joe Humphreys im­press­ing, but the scores were pegged back to 41-41 head­ing into the fi­nal stanza.

And in the end-to-end fi­nale, Nash and Humphreys got on the score-sheet be­fore Reece Barker net­ted late on to help Kings re­cover from three points down to win.

“It was the best game I’ve ever played in,” said O’Dono­van.

“At the end it was like be­ing in the Cop­per Box, the crowd was so loud.”

Kings host Nor­wich Lowrid­ers on Satur­day (4pm).

Pic­ture: Faith Barker

Kings and Aces tip-off

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