Kings hold the Aces in tight contest
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).
Kings and Aces tip-off