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School Sport: Marshalls hold off Bower Park

PUBLISHED: 09:13 22 January 2016 | UPDATED: 09:13 22 January 2016

Bower Park and Marshalls Park pupils do battle on the basketball court

Bower Park and Marshalls Park pupils do battle on the basketball court

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Havering Cup: Bower Park 16 Marshalls Park 18

Marshalls Park edged past borough rivals Bower Park in a thrilling basketball contest.

Park had beaten Abbs Cross just before Christmas, but the home side started better in this clash and led 6-4 at the first break.

Marshalls rallied in the second quarter, dominating play and scoring on some quick breaks to take the lead.

But Bower responded well in the third period and pulled to within four points going into the final quarter.

With one minute remaining the score was deadlocked at 16-16, but Marshalls point guard Freddie Potts drove the channel to give Marshalls the lead.

Bower went searching for a tying basket, but Marshalls were defending well only to concede a foul on the buzzer.

That gave Bower two free throws and a chance to draw the game, but they could not capitalise and Marshalls were able to celebrate.

Bradley Gray was named most valuable player for Marshalls and PE teacher Paul Aylett said: “What a game of basketball! It was really competitive, but played in a good spirit.

“Bower weee ahead, then us, then drawing going in to the last minute. It was a really enjoyable watch.

“I’m really pleased for the boys and we now need to take the positives out of this game as we face strong competition against Redden Court next week. Hopefully we can record a third successive win.”

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