County Upper fade in the second half at Brentwood
Brentwood Leopards Black 87
County Upper 54
It was a game of two halves for County Upper Under-16s Boys as they were unable to maintain their momentum in the second half, allowing the home team to pull away for a 84-57 win.
The first quarter saw both teams trading baskets until Brentwood finished the last two minutes with a 6-0 run, to open up a 15-9 lead.
The hosts started the second quarter with a 5-2 run to increase their lead to 20-11.
County Upper played some solid offence and defence and went on an 11-2 run to tie the game at 22-22 with three minutes remaining on the clock.
Another 7-0 run saw Brentwood regain the lead at 29-22, before County Upper managed to cut the deficit to just four as they went into half time trailing 35-31.
The second half started with both teams trade baskets for the first five minutes, and with four minutes left to play in the third quarter the visitors only trailed 46-38.
But things started to go bad when both Cameron Poolton and Patrick Laycock picked up their fourth and third fouls respectively, forcing coach Johnson to substitute the former.
County Upper were able to ride out the last three minutes to only trail 61-46, but in the fourth quarter things went from bad to worse.
Luca Beadle took an injury to his foot, Poolton committed his fifth foul, and Dan Moore began to suffer cramp.
The hosts went on a 20-1 run to open up a 34-point lead, before the two teams traded baskets at the end.
Beadle (14 points), Brandon Marshall (13) and Poolton (eight) led the scoring.