January 23, 2019

Swindon Shock dethrone the Kings in National Shield

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Swindon Shock booked their place in the next round of the National Shield courtesy of an 83- 75 success against Richmond Kings.

With Richmond having secured a win against Division Three Essex Blades in the previous round, Shock knew they would have their work cut out in this hastily re-scheduled fixture.

Swindon were forced to to play without starting centre Matt Foord and three shooting guards including the in-form Mantas Kmita, who had scored 29 points the week before.

But despite being shorthanded, Shock stormed to a 26-17 lead after the first quarter with point guard Antonio Wilburn dictating the pace of the game and Matt North finding his shooting form.

Both sides contested an even second quarter as they drew it 18-18 but Richmond’s strong bench proved crucial in the third as they won it 25-13 to close the gap to just three points.

Ed Potter though quickly found his grove as he worked his way to a 29-point haul. Wilburn’s three-pointer also spurred on Shock as they went on a 10-2 run midway through the final quarter.

Swindon though ran into penalty trouble with two minutes remaining with Wilburn and Potter fouled out of the game with the score at 78-70.

Reserves Sam Newman, Alistair Tilney, David Colclough, and Janis Spruds, dealing with a knee injury, were forced to join Matt North in holding off a buoyant Richmond side desperate to get back into the game.

The home side though kept their intensity and managed to win the quarter 26-15 to secure a superb win.

Shock now advance to the third round of the competition where they will face either Calderdale Explores or New Castle U23 on November 11th.

Shock have also advanced to the National Cup third round where they will face Division One Barking Abbey on October 14th.

On Saturday, Shock return to action against Cardiff Archers at home. The match takes place at New College, 2pm tip.

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