County Upper elite boys get their campaign back on track with victory

RETURN TO FORM: Match action from County Upper Under-19s versus Southend
RETURN TO FORM: Match action from County Upper Under-19s versus Southend
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Counter Upper Academy Elite Under-19 coach Darren Johnson hailed his side after watching them get their season back on track with a battling display.

The youngsters recorded a convincing 107-54 victory over SEEVIC last Wednesday, with Kieran Tate (25 points) and Sam Kesinro (23 points) inspiring their side.

After the game the County Upper Academy coach Johnson said: “It was a good game for us tonight both offensively and defensively.

“We were able to keep SEEVIC under a lot of pressure which allowed us to pull away.

“SEEVIC, however, never gave up regardless of the score and had a few good runs back at us throughout the game.

“Tonight we had a few mental breakdowns during the game which we will need to work on moving forward, but as for right now I am happy where we are and look forward to working on our weaknesses.”

County Upper put SEEVIC under a lot of defensive and offensive pressure, knocking the visitors out of their stride and making it hard for them to adjust.

Despite the scoreline, SEEVIC never gave up and had some good spells especially in the third quarter where they finished with a 15-8 run.

Led by Shaquille Mathurin’s 21 points, the visitors battled hard but were unable to find consistency on the night.

As well as Tate and Kesinro, County Upper Academy had another three players notch double-figure scores during the matcht.

County Upper have a week’s break before they take on Long Road at home.

n County Upper Under-16 Boys lost out 59-53 to league leaders Southend Swifts.

The team was spearheaded in the scoring by Josh Hales and Brandon Marshall, who both scored 16 points, and were supported by 11 points from Dan Moore.

n County Upper Under-14 Boys were on the wrong end of a 77-72 scoreline against their Thurrock Thunder counterparts.

At one stage County Upper found themselves 62-43 behind, but a late rally almost saw them record an unlikely comeback victory, yet it was not to be.