Sevenoaks Suns 86 (Royo Torres 22, Peterson 19, Carr 18)
Brixton Topcats 79 (Wade-Fray 23, Nelson 17, Charles 9)
Sevenoaks Suns survived a fourth quarter scare as they needed a strong finish to see off Brixton Topcats, eventually prevailing with an 86-79 victory.
The hosts produced a 14-4 run to pull away at the end of the opening quarter with Royo Torres scoring 10 points in the first after an even start from both sides. The visitors hit back with the first eight points to start the second, but 3-pointers from Carr and Pressley restored the lead going in 44-36 up at the half.
In the third period, the lead peaked at 16 points with the home side in seemingly complete control, but triples from Jenaya Wade-Fray and Amber Charles gave Brixton hope heading into the fourth. The Topcats weren’t ready to lie down where a monstrous 15-4 run to start the final stanza from the Topcats fired them in front at 69-68 from a basket by Freya Cooney after Nelson had netted back-to-back triples. However, Sevenoaks’ reply was immediate as Peterson responded from beyond the arc, and ensured her side would never trail again.
Despite the loss, Head Coach Steve Vear was extremely proud of his team after adding some new things to the teams style of play.
“We took massive losses in Sheffield and Nottingham last week due to me trying something completely new to challenge this young group. They didn’t understand the why but tonight’s game may have hopefully given them a clearer vision of this.”
Vear saw glimpses of the teams style and fight against Sevenoaks which votes well for the second half of the season where the team will need the break like many others to get a fully fit roster to start 2016.
“I simply couldn’t ask anymore from our team tonight. We lost to Sevenoaks by 7pts earlier on in the season where they have since added two new Americans so it really shows how much we have improved as a team and are heading in the right direction. The team really gave it everything out there and showed a huge amount of fight to claw back in the fourth to give us the lead putting a lot of pressure on Sevenoaks to have to make plays down the stretch which credit to them they did. Too many turnovers hurt us again but it’s a risk you take when you play uptempo.
“You also can’t make any excuses about injuries as it’s a part of the game and as a coach you must make adjustments – a lot of teams in the WBBL have key players out so for me it’s not something I will ever use as an excuse. We of course missed both Paige (Robinson) and Jenelle (Grant) in this game and when Amber (Charles) went down hurt in the 3rd but other players stepped up and made massive contributions which was great to see.”
The WBBL Topcats have a well deserved break where they face up against Cardiff Archers on Sunday 10th January, tip off 2pm at Brixton Recreation Centre.