The Men’s Basketball 2s saw a very even encounter between Uni and Hallam, with the later eventually coming out victorious at the end of a hugely tense final quarter.
The nerves and pressure of the Varsity occasion showed early with some handling errors running through much of the game and some long range errors taken advantage of.
Uni drew first blood with the initial 2 points but Hallam were very strong on the break thanks to Kallum Bingham which, despite a good comeback late on, saw them able to go in to the end of the first quarter leading with the score at 17-15. The quarter ended with a remarkable shot on the sound of the buzzer for Uni as the ball spiralled into the air of the top of the backboard to land safely in the net for three point.
The second quarter saw much of the same with scoring hard to come by and many free throws weren’t taken advantage of on both parts. The passion of both sides started to flow through more with the physicality of the play increasing, especially with the ball going to ground. Despite access to the key still difficult for both teams, Hallam managed to retain a 1 point lead at 35-34.
The Third quarter saw the game open up more and with the teams starting to tire we saw their defences open up more with scoring opportunities and an increase in the number of fouls occuring. Uni and Hallam responded well with an excellent mix of layups and three pointers from the wings extending the scores. A late free-throw from Uni, from which they went 2 from 2, helped them secure a 4 point lead with the sore at Uni 58-54 Hallam, going into a very tense 4th quarter.
A highly exciting final quarter was to be expected from an already tense game and we were not disappointed. Both defences held strong for much of the fifteen minutes, and with a three point shot for Uni with 6 minutes to go to take the score to 64-61, they may have expected to hold their lead. But as the pressure continued to rise it was the team form Hallam who manage to hold their nerves. With a number of shots missed and free throws given away, Uni saw their lead slip away and eventually falling shorts against a flurry of late points from the Hallam Side. The score ended up at Hallam 74-66 Uni meaning the game, but more importantly the Varsity point went to Hallam.