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University of Chester 95 – 102 Derbyshire Arrows

By Ben Curtis

Chester dropped to a record of 3 wins and 4 losses in the NBL Men’s Division 2 after falling at home to the visiting Arrows.

In a game that proved to be incredibly entertaining for all fans watching on, it was Derbyshire who won the tip and began a first quarter that saw both teams trading buckets. Early on the game showed to be a closely fought contest with three lead changes within the opening 6 minutes. Derbyshire looked like they might get a hold on the game when they went on a 12-point run to jump to a 12-23 lead. A buzzer beater by Jacob Paredes saw Derbyshire enter the second quarter with a strong 10-point lead.

The Derbyshire duo of Mcintosh of Brownell were starting to really put their stamp on the game in the second quarter with both players having a high scoring quarter that resulted in the arrows having their largest lead of the game at 21 points at the half.

The home team weren’t going to give up that easy though, showing great character to fight back in the third quarter, dragging the score back too 67-72 by the end of the period, thanks too a combination of good defence and a big performance from Phil Kelly Brandreth who would go on to finish the contest with a game high 35 points.

The five-point difference going into the quarter set up the potential for a great comeback for Chester but sadly it was the closest the home team would come as the Arrows held them at bay and saw the game out despite a vocal crowd cheering until the final buzzer.

Chester drop to sixth in the table and will face Bristol Academy Flyers on the 23rd of November.

Key Stat: 24 Chester turnovers lead to 22 points for Derbyshire.

Top Performer: Phil Kelly-Brandreth finished with 35 points, 13 Rebounds and 6 Assists.

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